Tuesday 22 September 1998
Deaths: Sturluson Snorri, Icelandic poet and historian, killed 1241; Selim I, Sultan of Turkey, 1520; Johann Agricola (Schneider or Schnitter), Protestant reformer, 1566; Alessandro Allori, painter, 1607; Thomas Doggett, actor and donor of the Thames watermen's coat and badge, 1721; Nathan Hale, American revolutionary patriot, hanged 1776; Mary Martha Sherwood (Butt), author of children's books, 1851; Gustave Rodolphe Clarence Boulanger, painter, 1888; Alain-Fournier (Henri-Alban Fournier), writer, killed in action on the Marne 1914; Sir Charles Santley, bass- baritone, 1922; Thomas Burke, novelist and writer, 1945; Oliver Joseph St John Gogarty, physician and writer, 1957; Mary Roberts Rinehart, novelist, 1958; William Edmund, first Baron Ironside, soldier, 1959; Harry Warren (Salvatore Guaragna), composer, 1981; Axel Springer, publisher, 1985; Dorothy Lamour (Mary Leta Slaton Kaumeyer), actress, 1996.
On this day: Sir Philip Sidney was mortally wounded at the relief of the Spanish colony of Zutphen in the Netherlands, 1586; Sir Robert Walpole became the first prime minister to move into 10 Downing Street, 1735; France was declared to be a Republic, 1792; in France, the Revolutionary Calendar came into use, 1792; Joseph Smith announced the discovery of the Book of Mormon, 1827; Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ordering the freeing of slaves, 1862; Otto von Bismarck became prime minister of Prussia, 1862; Wagner's opera Das Rheingold was first performed, Munich 1869; the British cruisers Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy were torpedoed by German U-boats, 1914; Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were admitted to the League of Nations, 1921; Gene Tunney beat Jack Dempsey for the world heavyweight boxing title, 1927; at a pit disaster at Gresford, North Wales, 265 miners were killed, 1934; Juan Peron, Argentinian leader, was deposed, 1955; Mali became independent, 1960; in San Francisco, a woman was arrested after trying to shoot President Ford, 1975.
Today is the Feast Day of St Emmeramus, St Felix III (IV), pope, St Lauto or Lo, St Maurice of Agaunum, St Salaberga, St Thomas of Villanueva and The Theban Legion.
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- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 5 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'
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