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TODAY: Births: Stendhal (Henri-Marie Beyle), novelist, 1783; Edouard Manet, painter, 1832. Deaths: William Baffin, explorer, 1622; William Pitt the Younger, statesman, 1806; Charles Kingsley, poet and novelist, 1875; Anna Pavlova, ballerina, 1931; Edvard Munch, painter, 1944; Sir Alexander Korda (Sandor Laszlo Korda), film producer, 1956; Paul Bustill Robeson, actor and singer, 1976. On this day: the Royal Exchange, London, was opened by Queen Elizabeth I, 1571; Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers landed on Pitcairn Island, 1790; the proceedings of the House of Lords were televised for the first time, 1985. Today is the Feast Day of St Asclas, St Bernard of Vienne, Saints Clement and Agathangelus, St Emerentiana, St Ildephonsus, St John the Almsgiver, St Lufthildis and St Maimbod.

TOMORROW: Births: Hadrian, Roman emperor, 76; William Congreve, playwright, 1670; Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, playwright, 1732; Edith Newbold (Jones) Wharton, novelist, 1862. Deaths: Caligula, Roman emperor, assassinated 41; Amedeo Modigliani, painter and sculptor, 1920; Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, statesman, 1965. On this day: Henry III, King of England, married Eleanor of Provence, 1236; the Central Statistical Office was founded, 1941; Mae West made a London stage debut in her own play, Diamond Lil, 1948. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Babylas of Antioch, St Felician of Foligno, St Francis of Sales and St Macedonius the Barley- eater.