0: The majority of hadrons and anti-hadrons annihilate each other at the end of the hadron epoch, leaving leptons and anti-leptons dominating the mass of the universe.
332BC: Alexander conquers Egypt.
735: Rome is founded.
793: The Vikings invade Britain.
1000: The Madagascan Giant Aye-Aye becomes extinct.
1066: William the Conqueror wins the Battle of Hastings.
1588: The Spanish Armada is defeated.
1776: America declares independence.
1789: Marie Antoinette says of the French peasantry: “Let them eat cake”.
1815: Napoleon loses the Battle of Waterloo and is exiled to St Helena.
1837: Queen Victoria accedes to the throne.
1863: Slavery is abolished in the United States.
1867: Baked Alaska is invented.
1889: Adolph Hitler is born.
1893: Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum is launched.
1895: Wild Man From Borneo, a 10-1 chance ridden by Joe Widger, wins the Grand National.
1905: Einstein discovers the theory of relativity.
1917: Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ – a signed but otherwise standard urinal – is submitted for inclusion in a show by the Society of Independent Artists in Paris.
1924: Kansas City Monarchs win the inaugural Negro World Series, defeating Hilldale Club 5-4.
1946: Louis Reard unveils his new skimpy swimsuit design, named after the Bikini Atoll, where the first public test of a nuclear bomb had taken place only four days before.
1948: Grace Jones is born.
1960: The Republic of Upper Volta attains full independence from France.
1960: Icelandic strongman Jon-Pall Sigmarsson is born.
1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to journey into outer space.
1962: Andy Warhol bemoans the discontinuation of Campbell’s Mock Turtle soup.
1967: Performance artist Charlotte Moorman is charged with indecent exposure after performing Nam June Paik’s ‘Opera Sextronique’ at the Film- Makers Cinematheque in New York City.
1970: The Hamlyn All Colour Cook Book is first published.
1973: Toffifee is first sold in West Germany and Austria.
1974: American heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped from her Berkeley apartment by an urban guerrilla group called the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1974: Chloe Sevigny is born.
1977: The Rocksteady Crew, described by the New York Times as “the foremost breakdancing group in the world today” is formed by B-boys Jimmy Dee and Jimmy Lee in The Bronx.
1978: The pornographic movie ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ opens as New York’s Pussycat Theater.
1978: Sid Vicious is admitted to hospital in Atlanta after carving ‘Gimme a fix’ on his chest with a knife.
1983: Canadian Cliff Thorburn becomes the first player to compile a maximum break in a World Snooker Championships match.
1986: I win the 400 metres race on high school sports day.
1987: English wrestler Malcolm Kirk, known as King Kong Kirk, dies of a heart attack after being belly- flopped by Big Daddy during a bout at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome.
1983: The computer game ‘Chuckie Egg’ is released by A&F Software for the ZX Spectrum.
1986 Sigue Sigue Sputnik reach number three in the UK Charts with their debut single, ‘Love Missile F1-11’.
1990: Nelson Mandela is released from prison.
1991: Triloknath Pandit, a director of the Anthropological Survey of India, makes the first peaceful contact with natives of North Sentinel Island.
1992: Jeffrey Dahmer, nicknamed the ‘Milwaukee Cannibal’, confesses to the murders of fifteen men and boys.
1994: The 26-year-old model and actress Anna Nicole Smith marries 89-year-old oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall in Houston, Texas.
1998: Ken Paulie catches a world-record 123lbs flathead catfish in the Elk City Reservoir in Kansas.
1999: The cartoon character Speedy Gonzales is shelved by Cartoon Network due to concerns over ethnic stereotyping.
2000: Crispy Pancakes are voted the UK’s number one retro food, polling three times more votes than nearest rivals Wagon Wheels and Fab ice lollies.
2003: Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.
2007: The New Frontier Hotel and Casino, the second resort opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 1942, is demolished.
2009: Somali pirates seize the MV Maersk Alabama 240 nautical miles southeast of the Sonali port city of Eyl.
2009: Pukka Pies, the sponsors of the 2009 UK Snooker Championship, present winner Ding Junhui with his body weight in meat pies.
2011: Fidel Castro steps down as president of Cuba, ending one of the longest tenures as one of the most all-powerful communist heads of state in the world.
2017: Taco Bell begins testing its Naked Breakfast Taco, which uses a fried egg as the shell for potato bites, nacho cheese, shredded cheddar, and bacon or sausage crumble.
2017: A truck bomb in Mogadishu kills an estimated 300 people.