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Anniversaries

Births: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, author, 1874; John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th US president, 1917. Deaths: Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, librettist, 1911; Jacqueline Onassis (Jacqueline Lee Bouvier), widow of Aristotle Onassis and President John F. Kennedy, 1994. On this day: the evacuation from Dunkirk began, 1940; Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing reached the summit of Mount Everest, 1953. Today is the Feast Day of St Bernard of Montjoux or Menthon, St Cyril of Caesarea, St Maximinus of Trier, Saints Sisinnius, Martyrius and Alexander, St Theodosia of Constantinople and Saints William, Stephen, Raymund and their Companions.

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