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Anniversaries

Births: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, composer, 1839; Ernest Bevin, statesman, 1881; Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, astronaut, 1934. Deaths: David Rizzio, musician and secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, murdered 1566; George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum), comedian, 1996. On this day: Pope Gregory VII declared all married RC priests to be excommunicated, 1074; Louis-Philippe of France founded the French Foreign Legion, 1831. Today is the Feast Day of St Bosa, St Catharine of Bologna, St Dominic Savio, St Frances of Rome, St Gregory of Nyssa and St Pacianus.

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