119 years ago today, motorist Walter Arnold was caught tearing through Paddock Wood in Kent at a hair-raising 8mph, and so became the first driver in the world to get a speeding ticket.
Articles written by Ben Judge
Almost seven years after its maiden flight, and at a total cost of £1.3bn, Concorde finally entered commercial service on this day in 1976.
On this day in 1986, the first IBM personal computer was infected with the ‘Brain’ virus, spread on floppy disks.
Europe’s markets bounced back yesterday as investors hoped for stimulus after the Swiss National Bank unpegged the franc from the euro. The FTSE 100 climbed 1.7% to close at 6,498.
Canadian PE instructor Dr James Naismith, working at a YMCA training school, published the 13 rules of basketball on this day in 1892.
On this day in 1948, Henry Ford was granted a patent for his method of making cars with plastic bodywork.
By selling land, collecting taxes and cutting public spending, the US national debt was brought down to $0 for the first and only time in the country’s history on this day in 1835.
On this day in 1785, French balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American doctor John Jeffries became the first people to cross the English Channel by air.
For the first time in over 50 years, Britain’s steelmaking industry saw the start of a national strike on this day in 1980, as unions demanded a 20% pay rise.
On this day in 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command began tracking Santa Claus as he sped around the world delivering presents.