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Births: Sir Christopher Wren, mathematician and architect, 1632; Gerard Edelinck, Flemish engraver, 1649; Nicolas de Largilliere, painter, 1656; Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, statesman, 1784; Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's Schooldays, 1822; Odilon Redon, painter and lithographer, 1840; Jean-Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud, poet, 1854; Charles Edward Ives, composer, 1874; Bela Lugosi (Bela Lugosi Blasko), actor, 1884; Anna Neagle (Marjorie Robertson), actress, 1904.

Deaths: Jacopo della Quercia, sculptor, 1438; TGrace Darling, heroine at the wreck of the Forfarshire, 1842; Sarah Ann Glover, inventor of the Tonic Sol-fa system, 1867; Sir Richard Francis Burton, explorer and Arabic scholar, 1890; Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st US president, 1964; Bud Flanagan (Robert Winthrop), "Crazy Gang" comedian, 1968; Katharine Susannah Prichard, novelist, 1969; Sir John Anthony Quayle, actor, 1989.

On this day: the coronation of George I took place, 1714; the 49th parallel was defined as the border between Canada and the United States, 1818; the Sunday Times was first published, 1822; Woodrow Wilson, president of Princeton University, resigned to enter US politics, 1910; in Italy, Benito Mussolini, Fascist leader, seized power, 1922; Aristotle Onassis married Jacqueline Kennedy, 1968; the Sydney Opera House was opened to the public, 1973.

Today is the Feast Day of St Acca, St Andrew the Calybite of Crete, St Artemius, St Bertilla Boscardin and St Caprasius of Agen.