Tuesday 04 February 1997
Births: Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux, playwright and novelist, 1688; Myles Birket Foster, painter, 1825; Jacques Prevert, poet and novelist, 1900. Deaths: Louis Elzevier, printer, 1617; Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, painter, 1787; Karen Carpenter, singer, 1983; Liberace (Wladiziu Valentino), entertainer, 1987. On this day: the secessionist states met at Montgomery, Alabama and formed the Confederate States of America, 1861; the command of the German Army was assumed by Adolf Hitler, 1938; Ceylon (later known as Sri Lanka) became an independent state, 1948; sweet rationing ended in Britain, 1953; the Sunday Times issued the first colour supplement in Britain, 1962; the world's largest hovercraft (165 tonnes) was launched at Cowes, 1968. Today is the Feast Day of St Andrew Corsini, bishop, St Isidore of Pelusium, St Joan of Valois, St John de Britto, St Joseph of Leonessa, St Modan, St Nicholas Studites, St Phileas, St Rembert and St Theophilus the Penitent.
- 1 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 2 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 3 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
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