1969 British MPs voted by a big majority for the permanent abolition of the death penalty for murder.
2012 Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins was voted the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. At the same event Lord Coe, the Olympics 2012 chief, was awarded the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.
1431 Henry VI of England crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris
1882 Sir Jack Hobbs, renowned cricketer and the first of his sport to be knighted, was born. He played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934 and for England in 61 Test matches from 1908 to 1930. Hobbs is widely regarded as cricket's greatest-ever opening batsman and holds world records in first-class cricket for scoring the most runs and the most centuries.
1987 The Government banned newspapers publication of Peter Wright's 'Spycatcher'.