Friday 14 February 1997
Births: Christopher Latham Sholes, inventor of an early typewriter, 1819; Quintin Hogg, founder of the Polytechnic, 1845; Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelsky), comedian and actor, 1894. Deaths: Richard II, King, 1400; Captain James Cook, sea- captain and explorer, murdered 1779; William Tecumseh Sherman, general, 1891; Sir Pelham Granville (P.G.) Wodehouse, 1975. On this day: the Spanish Fleet was defeated off Cape St Vincent by John Jervis and Horatio Nelson, 1797; Marconi began the first regular broadcasting transmissions in England, 1922; the St Valentine's Day Massacre took place in Chicago, 1929; following a night and day bombardment by US Air Force and RAF heavy bombers, the German city of Dresden was reduced to a ruin, 1945; the Bank of England was nationalised, 1946; the Ayatollah Khomeini, Iranian leader, pronounced a fatwa, or death sentence, on the author Salman Rushdie, alleging blasphemy in his book Satanic Verses, 1989. Today is the Feast Day of St Abraham of Carrhae, St Adolf of Osnabruck, St Antoninus of Sorrento, St Auxentius, St Conran, Saints Cyril and Methodius, St John Baptist of the Conception, St Maro and St Valentine.
National Gallery: Norman Coady, "Love (ii): love, lust and Correggio", 1pm.
Victoria and Albert Museum: Andrew Spira, "The Medieval Spirit in Later Ages", 2.30pm.
Tate Gallery: Stella Santacatarina talks about the work of Luciano Fabro, 1pm.
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
- 3 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
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