Wednesday 21 October 1998
Deaths: Pietro Aretino, satirist, 1556; Julius Caesar Scaliger (Bordon), philosopher and scientist, 1558; Edmund Waller, poet, 1687; Samuel Foote, actor and playwright, 1777; Horatio, first Viscount Nelson, killed at Trafalgar 1805; George Frederick Bodley, architect, 1907; Count Carl Sturghk, Austrian prime minister, assassinated by Friedrich Adler, a social democrat, 1916; Arthur Schnitzler, playwright and novelist, 1931; Ejnar Hertzprung, astronomer, 1967; Jack (Jean-Louis Lebris de) Kerouac, poet and novelist, 1969; Bob Todd, actor, 1992; Burt Lancaster (Burton Stephen Lancaster), actor, 1994.
On this day: the Spanish fleet was defeated by the Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp, 1639; the Franco-Spanish fleet was defeated at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805; Joseph Aspdin patented Portland cement, 1824; Offenbach's opera Orpheus in the Underworld was first produced, Paris, 1858; a severe earthquake was experienced in San Francisco, 1868; Alberto Santos Dumont flew an airship around the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1901; Chinese forces occupied Tibet, 1950; the first British nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought, was launched, 1960; 140 lives were lost at Aberfan, South Wales, occurred, when a slag heap collapsed on the village, 1966.
Today is the Feast Day of St Condedus, St Fintan or Munnu of Taghmon, St Hilarion, St John of Bridlington, St Malchus and St Tuda.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her
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