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TODAY: Births: Jan Vermeer (Johannes Van der Meer), painter, 1632; John Keats, poet, 1795. Deaths: Dan Leno (George Galvin), comedian, 1904; Harry Houdini (Erich Weiss), escapologist, 1926; Indira Gandhi, Indian prime minister, assassinated 1984; Federico Fellini, film director, 1993. On this day: the first stone of Blackfriars Bridge, London, was laid, 1760; the Battle of Britain ended, 1940; a bomb exploded at the top of the Post Office Tower, London, 1971. Today is All Hallows' Eve and the Feast Day of St Bee or Bega, St Foillan of Fosses, St Quentin or Quintinus and St Wolfgang.

TOMORROW: Births: Laurence Stephen Lowry, primitive painter, 1887; Michael Denison, actor, 1915. Deaths: Charles II ("The Bewitched"), King of Spain, 1700; Ezra Loomis Pound, poet, 1972; Phil Silvers, comedian and actor, 1985. On this day: the Bank of Scotland was founded, 1695; Lloyd's Register of Ships was first published, 1764; the first W.H. Smith bookstall opened at Euston Station, London, 1848; Premium Bonds went on sale, 1956; the first section of the M1 motorway was opened, 1959. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of All Saints, St Austremonius or Stremoine, St Benignus of Dijon, St Cadfan, Saints Caesarius and Julian, St Marcellus of Paris, St Mary, martyr, St Mathurin or Maturinus and St Vigor.