1879 The first performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, 'The Pirates of Penzance', at the Royal Bijou Theatre, Paignton, Devon

1887 A petition, signed by more than 1 million women in Britain, was sent to Queen Victoria calling for public houses to be closed on Sundays.

1946 Football league players threatened to strike over the proposed maximum wage of £11 a week.

Famous Birthdays

1865 - Rudyard Kipling,  author (Jungle Book, Westward Ho!)

1937 - Gordon Banks, English footballer

1986 - Ellie Goulding, singer