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Births: Henry V, King, 1387; Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, soldier and diplomat, 1745; Nathan Mayer Rothschild, banker, 1777; William Marsden, physician and hospital founder, 1796; Sir Anthony Panizzi (Antonio Genesio Maria Panizzi), bibliophile and scholar, 1797; Andrew Bonar Law, statesman, 1858; Ellsworth Huntington, geographer and explorer, 1876; Alfred Noyes, poet, 1880; Sir Alexander Korda (Sandor Laszlo Korda), film director and producer, 1893; Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols, poet, 1893.

Deaths: Toms de Torquemada, Dominican monk and Spanish Inquisitor-General, 1498; John Colet, scholar and theologian, 1519; Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, physicist, 1736; Thomas John Dibdin, actor, playwright and songwriter, 1841; Sir Ronald Ross, bacteriologist, 1932; Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett Amery, statesman and journalist, 1955; Walter Greenwood, novelist and playwright, 1974; Marc Bolan (Mark Feld), singer, songwriter and bandleader, 1977; Maria Callas (Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos), opera singer, 1977.

On this day: David Livingstone discovered Lake Nyasa, 1859; the Soviet Union became a member of the League of Nations, 1934; Papua New Guinea became independent, 1975; in Tower Hamlets, east London, riots took place after a British National Party candidate was elected to a council seat, 1993.

Today is the Feast Day of Saints Abundius and Abundantius St Cornelius, pope, St Cyprian, St Edith of Wilton, St Euphemia, St Ludmila and St Ninian.