On this day in 1829, the first of London’s ‘Peelers’ hit the streets as the Metropolitan Police Force began its patrols.
Articles written by Ben Judge
One of the first steps to the internet we know and love was taken today on this day in 1979, when Compuserve launched its MicroNET service.
On this day in 1955 at 7.15pm, Associated-Rediffusion made ITV’s first television broadcast, followed an hour later by Britain’s first TV advert.
On this day in 1980, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union was formed, following a nationwide strike and the Gdansk Accords.
The financial crisis claimed its most high-profile casualty today in 2008 when Lehman Brothers, America’s fourth-biggest investment bank, filed for bankruptcy.
The search for the mysterious Higgs boson kicked off in earnest today in 2008 when the Large Hadron Collider deep below Switzerland was switched on.
After messing about with friendlies, ‘Tests’ and cup matches for the last couple of decades, football got serious today in 1888, with the start of the world’s first football league.
This day in 1967 was known as ‘Högertrafikomläggningen’ in Sweden. It was the day the country switched from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right.
On this day in 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania, proving that his pioneering drilling techniques were economically feasible.
On this day in 1768, Captain James Cook set off from Plymouth on his way to Tahiti and the fabled land of Terra Australis Incognita.