Thursday 02 May 1996
Births: Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, 1729; Sir Humphry Repton, landscape architect, 1752; John Galt, novelist, 1779; Jerome Klapka Jerome, writer, 1859; Baron Manfred von Richthofen, aviator, 1892; Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, singer, 1904. Deaths: Leonardo da Vinci, painter, sculptor and scientist, 1519; Louis-Charles Alfred de Musset, playwright, 1857; Nancy, Viscountess Astor, politician, 1964; John Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, 1972; Sir Michael Murray Hordern, actor, 1995. On this day: the Authorised Version (King James) of the Bible was published, 1611; in Germany, trade unions were banned, 1933; Queen Elizabeth II sailed from Southampton on her maiden voyage, 1969. Today is the Feast Day of St Athanasius, Saints Exsuperius or Hesperus and Zoe, St Mefalda, St Ultan of Fosses, St Waldebert and St Wiborada.
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- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
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- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
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