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Births: Charles-Camille Saint-Saens, composer, 1835; Alastair Sim, actor, 1900; Jacques Tati (Tatischeff), actor and film director, 1908; John Winston Lennon, composer and singer, 1940.

Deaths: Gabriel Fallopius, anatomist, 1562; Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Marxist revolutionary, captured and shot 1967.

On this day: Captain James Cook went ashore in New Zealand, 1769; Uganda became independent, 1962; the breathalyser test came into force in Britain, 1967.

Today is the Feast Day of Saints Andronicus and Athanasia, St Demetrius of Alexandria, St Denis or Dionysius of Paris, St Dionysius the Areopagite, Saints Eleutherius and Rusticus, St Ghislain or Gislenus, St Louis Bertran, St John Leonardi, St Publia and St Savin.