ON THIS DAY
1863: The London Underground railway was opened by William Gladstone. The Metropolitan Railway went from Paddington to Farringdon Street, stopping at seven stations.
1880: Grock the circus clown was born as Adrien Wettach in Switzerland.
1890: Cleopatra’s tomb was discovered.
1901: The first oil strike – in Texas.
1920: The League of Nations held its first meeting at Geneva. It was dissolved in 1946 and replaced by the United Nations.
1935: The so-called King and Queen of Hollywood, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, were divorced.
1971: Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and one of the most influential couturiers of the 20th century, died aged 87.
1985: Eight people were killed in a gas blast in Putney, south-west London.
2007: David Beckham, above, agreed to sign a five-year deal with US side Los Angeles Galaxy worth £128million.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:
A bridal boutique was commended for displaying one of its wedding dresses on a mannequin in a wheelchair in its shop window.