Anniversaries

Anniversaries

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.

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