1783 John Austin, a highwayman, was the last person to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.
1801 Karl Baedeker, German author and publisher, was born.
1886 Anchor butter was launched from a dairy factory at Pukekura, Waikato, by Henry Reynolds.
1887 Coimbra Academic Association, the oldest students’ union in Portugal, was founded.
1948 – Lulu, Scottish actress and singer, was born.
1952 Roseanne Barr, American actress and comedian, was born.
1954 Adam Ant, English singer, was born.
1974 Daylight saving was reintroduced to New Zealand on a trial basis.
1978 Dominica gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
1986 The Federated States of Micronesia gain independence from the United States of America.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.