1911 Leonardo da Vinciís Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, France by a Louvre employee. It will finally be recovered in Italy 1913.
1858 Victoria Cross winner Sir Sam Browne invented the Sam Browne belt to hold his sword and pistol after he had lost an arm in action. It soon became standard military kit *
1996 The new Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Southwark, London, opened with a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona
2005 Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser died aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
1770 James Cook formally claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.