1889-  Robert Browning, the renowned English poet, died
1915 – The German Junkers J1, the worlds first all metal aeroplane, had its first  test flight
1917 – The worlds worst train accident took place at Modane, France, when 543 people were  killed
1939-  Douglas Fairbanks Snr., star of stage and screen, died
1955-  The 'Hovercraft' was patented by British engineer Christopher Cockerell
1977-  Winston Churchill's widow, Lady Spencer Churchill, died aged 92
1987-  Local Government elections are held in the 301 Local Government councils in the country.
1991-  Seat of government officially moved from Lagos to Abuja.
1999-  Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu and his entourage escape attack by suspected  members of the militant             Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).