Births: Anders Celsius, astronomer and thermometer inventor, 1701; John Murray, publisher, 1778; Chaim Weizmann, biochemist and first president of Israel, 1874. Deaths: Horace, Roman poet, 8 BC; Clovis, first King of France, 511; Alexandre Dumas the Younger, novelist and playwright, 1895; Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, playwright, 1953; Ross McWhirter, compiler of the Guinness Book of Records, killed by the IRA 1975. On this day: William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, 1582; two women at Grantham, Lincolnshire, became the first policewomen, 1914. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Barlaam and Josaphat, St Cungar of Somerset, St Fergus of Strathern, St James Intercisus, St Maximus of Riez, St Secundinus or Sechnall and St Virgil of Salzburg.
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