1716 Lincoln's Inn Theatre in London put on England's first pantomime which included the characters Harlequin, Columbine and Pantaloon.

1965 The government introduced an 'experimental' speed limit of 70mph on motorways in England. The limit is still in force.

2000 The American singer Madonna married British film maker Guy Ritchie at an exclusive ceremony in Skibo Castle near Dornoch in Sutherland, hours after their son was christened.

Famous Birthdays

1948 - Noel Edmonds, British TV personality

1962 - Ralph Fiennes

1990 - Jordin Sparks