END OF GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON 1845: Civil engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic tyres. 1851: Melvin Dewey, who devised the library cataloguing system which bears his name, was born in New York. 1868: London’s first traffic lights were installed in Westminster, to help MPs get to the House of Commons. 1868: Whitaker’s Almanac was first published for the first time. 1869: Wyoming became the first American territory to grant women the vote. 1895: Britain’s first motoring organisation, The Self Propelled Traffic Association, met for the first time. 1896: Alfred Bernhard Nobel, Swedish chemist and industrialist who invented dynamite, died. On this day in 1901 the first Nobel Prizes were awarded. 1898: Cuba became independent of Spain at the end of the Spanish-American War. 1907: Rudyard Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, the first time it had been awarded to an English writer. 1917: The first postmark slogan was stamped on envelopes in Britain – “Buy British War Bonds Now“. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The Court of Appeal overturned Angela Cannings’s conviction for murdering her two baby sons in 1991 and 1999.