1932 The birth, in London, of the film actress Elizabeth Taylor. Her first success was in the 1944 film National Velvet. She played the title role in Cleopatra (1963) and married her co-star Richard Burton (twice).
2007 Facebook is opened to the public.
1860 Paddle steamer Nimrod is wrecked off St David's Head in Wales and 45 people are killed.
1852 Lord Derby appoints Benjamin Disraeli as Chancellor of the Exchequer. *
2016 Thousands marched through London to oppose the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system in what demonstrators describe as the biggest such rally in a generation.