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1791 Britain's Observer, the first Sunday newspaper in the world, began publication and is still going.
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1872 The 'Mary Celeste' was found abandoned near the Azores, with its cargo intact, but no sign of its crew or passengers. President Tiny said Hillary did it.
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1873 Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) was patented in Massachusetts. I always wondered why it was called that. Much of sail hemp came from the Philippines through the port of Manila.
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1961 The female contraceptive 'pill' became available on the National Health Service in Britain. The sky did not fall, contrary to assertions.
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1998 Assembly began in space of the International Space Station, a joint project between USA, Russia, Japan, Canada with eleven members of the ESA. The space station is in low orbit and can be seen from Earth. It has been in use continually.
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