The Dow Jones Industrial Average, one of the world’s most watched and most cited stock indices, began life on this day in 1885.
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On this day in 1875 Nevada tailor Jacob Davis was granted a patent for riveted jeans, along with his business partner and financial backer, Levi Strauss.
Shree Pundalik, arguably India’s first home-grown film, sparked the hugely successful Bollywood film industry when it was released on this day in 1912.
On this day in 1787 a fleet of 11 ships set sail from Portsmouth to establish a penal colony in New South Wales.
Spencer Perceval became the only British prime minister to be assassinated today in 1812, when a businessman with a grudge gunned him down in the House of Commons.
Britain’s postal system underwent radical reform on this day in 1840, with the Universal Penny Post and the Penny Black stamp.
This day in 1780 saw the inaugural running of the Derby at Epsom – the ‘greatest flat race in the world’.
On this day in 1909, David Lloyd George delivered his ‘People’s Budget’, waging war” against poverty and squalidness”. It eventually led to reform of the House of Lords.
On this day in 2005, the Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane in the world, made its maiden flight from the factory in Toulouse.
Today in 1967, Athens woke to the rumbling of tanks, as Greece came under military rule when a junta of colonels seized power.