Births: James Madison, fourth US President, 1751; Matthew Flinders, circumnavigator of Tasmania, 1774; Georg Simon Ohm, physicist, 1787. Deaths: Robert Smith Surtees, novelist, 1864; Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, artist and illustrator, 1898; The Rev John Marcus Harston Morris, founder of Eagle magazine, 1989. On this day: the Long Parliament of England, which sat for 20 years, was dissolved, 1660; the first meeting of the Port of London Authority was held, 1909; Soviet cosmonauts completed an orbit of 35 million miles, 1978. Today is the Feast Day of St Abraham Kidunaia, St Eusebia of Hamage, St Finian Lobhair (The Leper), St Gregory Makar, St Heribert of Cologne and St Julian of Antioch.
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