A huge fireball meteor is seen in 1783 across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.
French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered helium in 1868.
Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition in 1958, as the first Bengali and the first Asian to do so. He came first among 39 competitors.
In 1963, James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
2005 – A massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, in 2005 affecting almost 100 million people, one of the largest and most widespread power outages in history.