Thursday 22 October 1998
Deaths: Charles Martel, leader of the Franks, 741; Ferdinand I, King of Portugal, 1383; Mathurin Regnier, satirical poet, 1613; Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, wrecked and drowned off the Isles of Scilly 1707; Frans van Mieris the Younger, painter, 1763; Thomas Sheraton, cabinet- maker, 1806; Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, geologist, 1871; Paul Cezanne, painter, 1906; Sir Edward Henry, Baron Carson, lawyer and Ulster politician, 1935; Pablo Casals, cellist, 1973; Arnold Joseph Toynbee, historian, 1975; Nadia Juliette Boulanger, music teacher, conductor and composer, 1979.
On this day: Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump from a balloon over Paris, 1797; King Otto I of Greece was forced to abdicate following an army revolt in Athens, 1862; the magazine Tit-Bits was first published, 1881; in New York, the Metropolitan Opera House opened, 1883; Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen was found guilty of the murder of his wife, 1910; President John F. Kennedy announced that the Soviet Union had installed missiles in Cuba, 1962.
Today is the Feast Day of St Abercius, St Donatus of Fiesole, St Mellon or Mallonus, Saints Nunilo and Alodia and St Philip of Heraclea and his Companions.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for beauty pageant
- 2 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'
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Coolio has sold his soul to Pornhub
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile