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TODAY: Births: Samuel Wesley, organist and composer, 1766; Wilhelm Karl Grimm, philologist and folklorist, 1786. Deaths: Thomas Coutts, banker, 1822; Bobby Moore, footballer, 1993; Dinah Shore (Frances Rose Shore), singer, 1994. On this day: Pope Gregory XIII issued a Bull announcing the Gregorian Calendar, 1582; the Flying Scotsman went into service, 1923; a world land-speed record of 253.96mph was set by Sir Malcolm Campbell, 1932. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Montanus, Lucius, and their Companions and St Praetextatus or Prix.

TOMORROW: Births: Pierre-Firmin-Auguste Renoir, painter, 1841; Dame Myra Hess, pianist, 1890; Zeppo (Herbert) Marx, comedian and actor, 1901; Anthony Burgess, novelist, philologist, composer and critic, 1917. Deaths: Sir Christopher Wren, architect, 1723; Paul Julius, Freiherr von Reuter, founder of Reuters' news agency, 1899; Sir John Tenniel, artist and illustrator, 1914; Mark Rothko, painter, 1970; Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams, playwright, 1983. On this day: Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V, 1570; a Communist coup took place in Czechoslovakia and a People's Republic was proclaimed, 1948. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Caesarius of Nazianzen, St Calixto Caravario, St Ethelbert of Kent, St Gerland, St Louis Versiglia, St Tarasius, St Victorinus of Corinth and his Companions and St Walburga.