On this day in...

1521 - The Diet of Worms began. The Protestant reformer, Luther, was outlawed by the Catholic Church.

1807 - London became the first city in the world to be illuminated by gas light, when lamps on Pall Mall were lit.

1935 - Iceland became the first country in the world to legalise abortion.

1999 - Chris Brocklesby, a 17-year-old Welsh boy, became the line dancing world champion.

2001 - BT announced plans to stop building more phone boxes as people moved towards using mobile phones instead.

2002 - Liverpool player Jamie Carragher faced a three match ban and a club fine after throwing a coin back into the crowd that had hit him during a game.

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