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Anniversaries

Births: Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman poet, 70 BC; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher, 1844; Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, novelist, 1881. Deaths: Pope Gregory XIV, 1591; Mata Hari, executed for espionage 1917; Pierre Laval, Vichy Government leader, executed 1945; Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, committed suicide 1946; Cole Albert Porter, composer and lyricist, 1964. On this day: the Gaiety Theatre, London, opened as the Strand Musick Hall, 1864; the first British Motor Show was held, at Tunbridge Wells, 1895. Today is the Feast Day of St Euthymius the Younger, St Leonard of Vandoeuvre, St Teresa of Avila and St Thecla of Kitzingen.

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