- 300 years ago: In 1715, in an attempt to strengthen the powers of the civil authorities, the Riot Act came into effect in England. Local authorities were able to declare any group of 12 people or more who were disturbing the peace, to be unlawfully assembled. They were given an hour to disperse or face prosecution.
|1950s US TV cigarette advert|
- 50 years ago: In 1965, cigarette advertising was banned on TV in the UK, although loose tobacco and cigar commercials continued until 1991.
- 10 years ago: King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005) died to be succeeded by his brother Crown Prince Abdullah.