TOMORROW: Births: Denis Diderot, scholar and encyclopaedist, 1713; Donald Pleasence, actor, 1919. Deaths: Jacques Offenbach (Jakob Levy Eberst), composer, 1880; William Heinemann, publisher and playwright, 1920; Leonard Rossiter, actor, 1984. On this day: tea rationing ended in Britain, 1952. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Apollinaris of Valence, St Flora of Beaulieu, St Galla, St Magenulf or Meinulf and St Maurus.Reuse content
TODAY: Births: Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector, 1626; Alfred Damon Runyon, writer and journalist, 1884; Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, sculptor, 1891. Deaths: St Teresa of Avila, Carmelite nun, 1582; Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, painter, 1669; Janis Joplin, rock singer, 1970. On this day: Peterborough Cathedral was consecrated, 1238; the first public escalator was opened at Earl's Court underground station, 1911. Today is the Feast Day of St Ammon, St Francis of Assisi and St Petronius of Bologna.