Monday 03 May 1999
Deaths: Lorenzo Costa, painter, 1535; Henry Garnet, Jesuit priest, hanged for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot 1606; George Psalmanazar (real name not known), literary impostor and adventurer, 1763; James Morison, patent- pill purveyor, 1840; Thomas Hood, poet, 1845; Adolphe Adam, composer, 1856; Thomas Barry Sullivan, actor, 1891; Herbert Farjeon, critic and playwright, 1945; Henry Cornelius, film director, 1958; Karl Freund, film cameraman and director, 1969; George Lloyd Murphy, actor, dancer, singer and politician, 1992.
On this day: Jamaica was discovered by Columbus, 1494; Pedro Alvares Cabral, navigator, landed in Brazil, 1500; the Fifth Lateran Council began, 1512; the British defeated the French at the first Battle of Cape Finisterre, 1747; the first daily evening newspaper, the Star and Evening Advertiser, was issued in London, 1788; the first liberal constitution in Poland was accepted by the Diet, 1791; in France, Louis XVIII entered Paris and took the throne after the defeat of Napoleon, 1814; New Zealand was proclaimed a British colony, 1841; the first London production of the musical Show Boat was staged, 1928; the Festival of Britain opened, 1951; in the Antarctic, a new range of mountains was discovered with two peaks of over 13,000ft, 1956.
Today is the Feast Day of Saints Alexander, Eventius and Theodulus, St James the Less, St Juvenal of Narni, St Philip the Apostle, St Philip of Zell and Saints Timothy and Maura.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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