Friday 23 May 1997
Births: Elias Ashmole, antiquarian, 1617; Carolus Linnaeus, botanist, 1707; Denis Charles Scott Compton, author and cricketer, 1918. Deaths: Girolamo Savonarola, priest and reformer, strangled and burnt at the stake 1498; Henrik Johan Ibsen, playwright, 1906; Heinrich Himmler, Nazi leader, committed suicide 1945. Today is the Feast Day of St Aldhelm, St Desiderius of Vienne, St Euphrosyne of Polotsk, St Guibert, St Ivo of Chartres, St John Baptist dei Rossi, St Leontius of Rostov and St William of Rochester.
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