Saturday 29 March 1997
TODAY: Births: Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, architect, 1869; Dora de Houghton Carrington, artist, 1893; Sir William Turner Walton, composer, 1902. Deaths: Thomas Coram, philanthropist, 1751; Emanuel Swedenborg (Svedberg), scientist and philosopher, 1772; Charles Wesley, writer of hymns, 1788; Mrs Maria Anne Fitzherbert, mistress (and "illegal" wife) of George IV, 1837; John Jacob Astor (John Jakob Ashdour), fur trader, 1848; John Keble, theologian, 1866; Georges-Pierre Seurat, painter, 1891; Robert Falcon Scott, explorer, 1912; Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, composer, 1924; Joyce Cary (Arthur Joyce Tunel Cary), novelist, 1957; Vera Mary Brittain, author, 1970. On this day: Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall, 1871; the magazine Horse and Hound was first published, 1884; Richmond Park, near London, was opened to the public, 1904; the last US troops left Vietnam, 1973. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Armogastes, Masculas, Achinimus and Saturus, St Berthold, St Cyril of Heliopolis, St Gundleus or Woolo, St Gwladys, Saints Jonas, Barachisius and Others, St Mark of Arethusa and St Rupert of Salzburg.
TOMORROW: Births: Paul Verlaine, poet, 1844; Vincent van Gogh, painter, 1853; Sean O'Casey, playwright, 1880. Deaths: George Bryan "Beau" Brummel, dandy and leader of fashion, 1840; Rudolf Steiner, social philosopher, 1925; Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave MP, killed 1979; James Cagney, actor, 1986. On this day: Britain and the Allies against Napoleon marched triumphantly into Paris, 1814; in Washington DC, President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by a would-be assassin, 1981. Tomorrow is Easter Day and the Feast Day of St John Climacus, St Leonard Murialdo, St Ludolf, St Osburga, St Rieul or Regulus and St Zosimus of Syracuse.
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