Saturday 09 August 1997
TOMORROW: Births: Laurence Robert Binyon, poet and playwright, 1869; Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st US President, 1874. Deaths: Allan Ramsay, portrait painter, 1784; Johann Michael Haydn, composer, 1806; Edward William Lane, translator of The Thousand and One Nights, 1876. On this day: the Scots defeated the English at the Battle of Otterburn, 1388; the Mines Act prohibited women and young children from working under ground, 1842; the first Promenade Concert was given by (later Sir) Henry Wood at the Queen's Hall, London, 1895; the (later "Royal") Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland was founded, 1897; the Parliament Act was passed, reducing the power of the House of Lords, 1911; British Members of Parliament voted to receive salaries for the first time (pounds 400 p.a.), 1911. Today is the Feast Day of St Laurence of Rome.
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
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
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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