Saturday 16 August 1997
TOMORROW: Births: John III, King of Poland, 1629; Davy Crockett, frontiersman, 1786; Mae West, actress, 1892. Deaths: Frederick II (the Great), king of Prussia, 1786; Honore de Balzac, novelist, 1850; Ira Gershwin (Israel Gershvin), lyricist, 1983; Walter Richard Rudolf Hess, Hitler's former deputy, 1987. On this day: Cromwell's army was victorious at the Battle of Preston, 1648; building of the Wall between East and West Berlin began, 1961. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Clare of Montefalco, St Eusebius, pope, St Hyacinth, St Joan Delanoue, St Liberatus of Capua, St Mamas and St Rock or Roch.
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