Anniversaries

Anniversaries

TODAY: Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury, statesman, 1563; John Edward Masefield, poet and novelist, 1878; John Drinkwater, author and playwright, 1882; Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson), actress, 1926. Deaths: James Gillray, caricaturist, 1815; Sir David Wilkie, painter, at sea off Gibraltar 1841; Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, novelist, 1941; Ion Antonescu, Romanian dictator, executed for war crimes 1946; Eric Honeywood Partridge, lexicographer, 1979; Helen Adams Keller, blind, deaf and mute scholar, 1968. On this day: the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was founded, 1841; lunch was served on the first Pullman train on a British railway which ran from St Pancras to Bedford, 1874; the Battle of Jutland ended, 1916; a combined television and radio licence was introduced in Britain, 1946; the first Premium Bonds were drawn, 1957; General Charles de Gaulle became Prime Minister of France, 1958; the Greek monarchy was abolished, 1973. Today is the Feast Day of St Candida or Wite, St Caprasius of Lerins, St Inigo or Eneco, St Justin, St Pamphilus of Caesarea, St Proculus the Bishop, St Proculus the Soldier, St Simeon of Syracuse, St Theobald of Alba and St Wistan.

TOMORROW: Births:Sir Edward William Elgar, composer, 1857; (Peter John) Johnny Weissmuller, swimmer and film Tarzan, 1903. Deaths: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian nationalist leader, 1882; Victoria Mary Sackville-West, writer, 1962; George Alfred, Baron George-Brown, statesman, 1985; Andres Segovia, guitarist, 1987; Sir Rex Carey Harrison, actor, 1990. On this day: the world's first patent for wireless telegraphy was granted to Guglielmo Marconi, 1896; the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place, 1953. Tomorrow is Trinity Sunday and the Feast Day of St Attalus, St Erasmus or Elmo, St Eugenius I, pope, Saints Marcellinus and Peter, St Nicholas the Pilgrim, St Pothinus and his Companions and St Stephen of Sweden.

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