Friday 03 January 1997
Births: Marcus Tullius Cicero, orator and statesman, 106 BC; Pietro Antonio Metastasio, poet, 1698; Jean-Baptiste Madou, painter and lithographer, 1796; Douglas William Jerrold, playwright and humorist, 1803; Antoine- Thomson d'Abbadie, explorer, 1810; Robert Whitehead, inventor of the naval torpedo, 1823; Sir James Jebusa Shannon, painter, 1862; Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel Florence Richardson), novelist, 1870; Clement Richard Attlee, first Earl Attlee, statesman, 1883; Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth, statesman, 1888; John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, writer, 1892; Ray Milland (Reginald Truscott-Jones), actor, 1907. Deaths: Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, diplomat and patron of the arts, 1497; Jeremiah Horrocks, astronomer, 1641; Luca Giordano, painter, 1705; Josiah Wedgwood, potter, 1795; Bartholomew Elliott George Warburton (Eliot Warburton), novelist, 1852; Rachel (Elisa Felix), actress, 1858; Pierre-Athanase Larousse, editor and encyclopaedist, 1875; Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educationist and pioneer of kindergartens, 1894; William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw"), traitor, executed 1946; Conrad Nicholson Hilton, hotel magnate, 1979. On this day: Martin Luther was excommunicated, 1521; George Washington defeated the British army at the Battle of Princeton, 1777; work on the Brooklyn-New York bridge began, 1870; Marshal Francisco Serrano became dictator of Spain, 1874; the Siege of Sidney Street took place, when anarchists led by "Peter the Painter" were besieged by the police in the East End of London, 1911; the price of bread in London was raised to 9d (nine old pence) for a 4lb loaf, 1916; Howard Carter discovered the sarcophagus in the tomb of Tutankhamun, 1924; Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole, 1958; Alaska became the 49th of the United States, 1959. Today is the Feast Day of St Antherus, pope, St Bertilia of Mareuil, St Genevieve or Genovefa and St Peter Balsam.
Latest in News
Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman jailed for life for murder of Afghan insurgent
Ja Rule forced to deny leaving wife for prison cell mate
Nelson Mandela: 11 inspirational quotes to live your life by
More than 200 flights delayed and cancelled at Heathrow as air traffic control problem hits UK HQ
Crash pilot who threatened Ukip leader Nigel Farage found dead
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail
- < Previous
- Next >
£23 - £30 per hour: Morgan Hunt: A fantastic opportunity has arisen within a c...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Morgan Hunt: Job Title - HR Manager Role type - Pe...
£23000 - £25000 per annum: Charter Selection: Leading global manufacturing com...
£185 - £250 per day: Morgan Hunt: A fantastic opportunity has arisen within a ...