1655 - England, with troops under the command of Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables, annexed Jamaica from Spain.
1811 - Paper money became legal tender in Britain.
1824 - The National Gallery in London opened to the public.
1937 - Britain’s first frozen food was produced. It was asparagus.
1940 - Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned. He was succeeded by Winston Churchill.
1941 - The House of Commons was partially destroyed in London’s heaviest air raid.
1954 - Bill Haley & The Comets released “Rock Around the Clock”, the first rock and roll record to reach number one.
1967 - Compulsory breath tests were enforced by statute.
1978 - Princess Margaret applied for a divorce from the Earl of Snowdon.
1981 - Francois Mitterand became French President.
1994 - Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa.
2000 - A tram line opened in Croydon, 50 years after trams last appeared on London’s streets.