Thursday 19 June 1997
Births: James VI, King of Scotland / James I, King of England, 1566; Blaise Pascal, mathematician and philosopher, 1623; Douglas, first Earl Haig, soldier, 1861; Bessie Wallis Warfield, Duchess of Windsor, 1896. Deaths: Matthew Merian the Elder, engraver and bookseller, 1650; Sir James Matthew Barrie, writer and playwright, 1937; Sir William Gerald Golding, novelist and Nobel prizewinner, 1993; Vivian Ellis, songwriter and composer, 1996. On this day: King Louis XI of France created a (private) Royal Mail service, 1464; an Act of Parliament was passed founding the Metropolitan Police, 1829; all German titles and names were renounced by the British royal family, who adopted the name Windsor, 1917; Kuwait became independent, 1961. Today is the Feast Day of St Bruno-Boniface, St Deodatus or Die, Saints Gervase and Protase, St Juliana Falconieri, St Odo of Cambrai and St Romuald.
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 BBC’s new Game of Thrones slayer 'The Last Kingdom' relies on Saxon appeal, creators say
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Jennifer Lawrence face palms Emma Watson at Christian Dior show in Paris
Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
Pamplona Running of the Bulls 2014: Briton critically injured in San Fermin festival
Israel's deadliest Gaza air strikes yet kill five children from same family as Palestinian rocket barrage continues
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
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