Prior to the adoption of universally accepted time zones, the vast majority of settlements around the world observed local mean solar time.

On the 22nd October 1895, the Granville–Paris Express train ran across the station platform, crashed through a 60cm wall, and fell 10 metres to the street below after it overran the buffer stop at the Gare Montparnasse terminus.

On the 8th October 1829, Robert Stephenson’s steam locomotive The Rocket won the Rainhill Trials and secured a prize of £500 and the contract for Robert Stephenson and Company to produce locomotives for the new Liverpool & Manchester Railway that opened the following year.

The British MP William Huskisson died as a result of a fatal accident on the opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.