Saturday 26 September 1998
TOMORROW: Births: Sir William Empson, poet and critic, 1906; Sir Martin Ryle, Astronomer Royal, 1918. Deaths: William of Wykeham, founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford, 1404; Hilaire-Germain Edgar Degas, painter, 1917; Aimee Semple McPherson, evangelist, 1944; Aristide Maillol, painter and sculptor, 1944; Gerald Finzi, composer, 1956; Dame Gracie Fields, singer and entertainer, 1979. On this day: the Society of Jesus was founded, 1540; Mount Ararat was climbed for the first time, 1830; Constantine I abdicated as King of Greece, 1923; the liner Queen Elizabeth was launched by Queen Elizabeth, now the Queen Mother, 1938; Hitler announced his intention to annex the Sudetenland, 1939; the first London performance of the musical Hair was presented, 1968. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Barrog or Barnoch, St Elzear of Sabran and St Vincent de Paul.
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