In 2000 -- A Florida jury ordered five major tobacco companies to pay smokers a record $145 billion in punitive damages.
In 1997 – The British government effectively accepts the lowering of the age of consent for homosexuals from 18 to 16 by dropping its opposition to a case in the European court.
In 1993 – Hollywood heart-throb Tom Cruise was offered $12 million to play The Vampire Lestat in the movie version of Ann Rice's bestselling novel “Interview with a Vampire.”
In 1972 -- British glam rock star Gary Glitter played his first gig in Wiltshire, England.
In 1969 -- The classic music road movie “Easy Rider” opened in America.
In 1967 -- British rockers The Who began their first full-scale American tour as support to British pop group Herman's Hermits.
In 1965 -- American politician Adlai Stevenson died in London.
In 1959 -- The first nuclear warship, USS Long Beach, was launched.
In 1930 -- The British Broadcasting Corporation transmitted its first TV play.
In 1902 -- The famous campanile in Venice, Italy, collapsed during a safety inspection.
In 1867 -- Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel demonstrated dynamite for the first time in Surrey, England.