A bond of £40 was paid for the marriage licence of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway in 1582. The Royal Society was formed in 1660. The Times was printed by steam-powered presses for the first time in 1814, making newspapers available to a wide readership for the first time. Women in New Zealand voted in the general election in 1893, marking the first time in any country that women were allowed to vote in a national election.
Born today: Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), William Blake (1757-1827), Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), Nancy Mitford (1904-1973), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) and Berry Gordy, Jr. (1929).