Tuesday 18 February 1997
Births: Mary I, Queen of England, 1516; George Peabody, industrialist and philanthropist, 1795; Andre Breton, Surrealist poet and art critic, 1896. Deaths: Fra Angelico (Giovanni da Fiesole), painter, 1455; Cornelius Heinrich Agrippa (von Nettesheim), scholar and astrologer, 1535; Martin Luther, Protestant reformer, 1546; James John Corbett ("Gentleman Jim"), pugilist, 1933; Jacob Robert Oppenheimer, physicist, 1967. On this day: Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, was published, 1678; the Italian Parliament was opened, 1861; the first Congress of the Confederate States met in Richmond, Virginia, 1862; the Gambia became an independent state within the Commonwealth, 1965. Today is the Feast Day of St Angilbert, St Colman of Lindisfarne, St Flavian of Constantinople, St Helladius of Toledo, St Leo and Paregorius, St Simeon of Jerusalem and St Theotonius.
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