On this day:
2008: Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11
1976: Generating a sonic boom as it travelled through the atmosphere at supersonic speed, the Concorde, a commercial aircraft built with funding from the British and French governments, began regular service.
1793: Louis XVI, the last Bourbon king of France, was executed by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution.
Born on this day:
1905: Christian Dior: French fashion designer
Gone on this day:
1950: George Orwell: English author, known for writing iconic books like Animal Farm & 1984
1924: Vladimir Lenin: Russian politician, who led the Russian Revolution (1917) and later served as the first head (1917–24) of the Soviet state