Anniversaries

Anniversaries

Births: Thomas Gainsborough, painter, baptised 1727; Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, former president of Malawi, 1905. Deaths: Henry IV of France, assassinated by the religious fanatic Francois Ravaillac, 1610; Henry John Heinz, food manufacturer, 1919; Frank (Francis Albert) Sinatra, singer and actor, 1998. On this day: Edward Jenner was successful in his first public vaccination experiment, 1796; in Palestine, the British mandate ended and Israel was proclaimed an independent state, 1948. Today is the Feast Day of St Carthage the Younger, St Erembert, St Mary Mazzarello, St Matthias, St Michael Garicoits and St Pontius of Cimiez.

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