Anniversaries : 2nd & 3rd March 1996
Saturday 02 March 1996
TODAY: Births: Sir Thomas Bodley, diplomat and bibliophile, founder of the Bodleian Library, 1545; Samuel Houston, Texan statesman, 1793; Bedrich Smetana, composer, 1824; Kurt Julian Weill, composer, 1900. Deaths: John Wesley, founder of Methodism, 1791; Horace Walpole, fourth Earl of Orford, novelist and historian, 1797; David Herbert Lawrence, novelist, 1930; Howard Carter, painter and Egyptologist, 1939. On this day: the "War of Oranges" started between Spain and Portugal, 1801; the British Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Vivian Fuchs, arrived at Ross Island, 1958; the French prototype Concorde made its first test flight, 1969. Today is the Feast Day of St Chad or Caedda, St Joavan of Brittany and The Martyrs under the Lombards.
TOMORROW: Births: Thomas Otway, playwright, 1652; Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, 1847; Sir Henry Joseph Wood, founder of Promenade Concerts, 1869; Jean Harlow (Harlean Carpenter), actress, 1911. Deaths: Robert Adam, architect, 1792; Noel Gay (Richard Moxon Armitage), composer and pianist, 1954; Lou Costello (Louis Francis Cristillo), actor and comedian, 1959; Danny Kaye (Daniel David Karminsky), actor and entertainer, 1987. On this day: serfdom was abolished in Russia, 1861; the US Congress adopted "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem, 1931; the Apollo 9 spacecraft was launched from Cape Kennedy, 1969. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Aelred of Rievaulx, St Anselm of Nonantola, St Arthelais, St Chef, St Cunegund, empress, St Emeterius, St Gervinus, Saints Marinus and Astyrius, St Non or Nonnita and St Winwaloe or Guenole.
The legendary human rights activist, OBE, started her 70 year career working with Holocaust survivors. Colin Firth & Emma Thompson pay tribute
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
Russell Brand opposes anti-Semitism after death threats: 'We must disavow all forms of prejudice that lead to exclusion and execution'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Microbial life found living on the exterior of the International Space Station, say reports
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
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