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TODAY: Births: St Thomas Aquinas, Christian philosopher, 1274; Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, painter, 1802. Deaths: Percy Wyndham Lewis, writer and artist, 1957; Florence Margaret (Stevie) Smith, poet, 1971. On this day: the first telephone was patented by Alexander Graham Bell, 1876. Today is the Feast Day of St Ardo, St Drausius or Drausin, St Esterwine, St Paul the Simple and St Theophylact.

TOMORROW: Births: Kenneth Grahame, author, 1859; Otto Hahn, physicist and chemist, 1879. Deaths: Louis-Hector Berlioz, composer, 1869; Sir William Turner Walton, composer, 1983. On this day: the Soviet Union claimed to be the possessor of the atomic bomb, 1950. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Duthac, St Felix of Dunwich, St Humphrey or Hunfrid, St John of God, St Julian of Toledo, Saints Philemon and Apollonius, St Pontius of Carthage, St Senan of Scattery, St Stephen of Obazine and St Veremund.