Thursday 23 December 1999
Deaths: Henri I de Lorraine, Third Duc de Guise, assassinated 1588; William Davison, Scottish Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth I, 1608; Michael Drayton, poet, 1631; John Cotton, Puritan leader in America, 1652; Alastair Ruadh Macdonnell, "Pickle" the Jacobite spy, 1761; Thomas Robert Malthus, economist, 1834; Laurence Oliphant, journalist and traveller, 1888; Thomas William Hodgson Crosland, journalist, 1924; Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker, aircraft designer, 1939; Charles Dana Gibson, artist and illustrator, 1944; Hideki Tojo, former Japanese prime minister, hanged 1948; Eric Coates, composer, 1957; Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, first Earl of Halifax, Viceroy of India, 1959; Ernst Krenek, composer, 1991.
On this day: HMS Bounty, commanded by William Bligh, sailed from Spithead for the South Seas, 1787; Joseph Hansom patented a type of cab, 1834; Albert I ascended the throne of Belgium, 1909; the Federal Reserve Bank was founded in the USA, 1913; Rene-Jules Gustave Coty was elected president of France, 1953; Managua, capital of Nicaragua, was destroyed by an earthquake, with a loss of 12,000 lives, 1972.
Today is the Feast Day of St Dagobert II of Austrasia, St Frithebert, St John of Kanti, St Servulus, the Ten Martyrs of Crete, St Thorlac and Saints Victoria and Anatolia.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
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