Saturday 18 January 1997
TODAY: Births: Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, philosopher, 1689; Peter Mark Roget, lexicographer, 1779; Charles John Kean, actor, 1811; Joseph Farwell Glidden, inventor of a barbed wire machine, 1813; Alan Alexander Milne, author, 1882; Arthur Mitchell Ransome, writer of children's books, 1884; Oliver Norvell Hardy, comedian, 1892; Cary Grant (Archibald Alexander Leach), actor, 1904; William Sansom, author, 1912. Deaths: Jan van Riebeck, founder of Cape Town, 1677; Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton, author, 1873; Joseph Rudyard Kipling, author, 1936; Sydney Greenstreet, film actor, 1954; Hugh Todd Naylor Gaitskell, statesman, 1963; Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, designer and photographer, 1980; John Frederick, Baron Wolfenden, social reformer, 1985. On this day: Lima, capital of Peru, was founded by Pizarro, 1535; Captain Cook discovered the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1778. Today is the Feast Day of St Peter's Chair, Rome, St Desle or Deicolus, St Prisca or Priscilla and St Volusian.
TOMORROW: Births: James Watt, inventor of the modern condensing steam engine, 1736; Edgar Allan Poe, author and poet, 1809; Sir Henry Bessemer, engineer, 1813; Paul Cezanne, painter, 1839. Deaths: William Congreve, playwright, 1729; Isaac D'Israeli, writer, 1848; Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, journalist and socialist, 1865. On this day: King Edward III established the Order of the Garter, 1348; John Wilkes was expelled from the House of Commons for seditious libel, 1764; the Duke of Wellington took Ciudad Rodrigo, 1812; the coast of Antarctica was discovered, 1840; Verdi's Il Trovatore was first performed, Rome 1853; the Japanese invaded Burma, 1942; Indira Gandhi became prime minister of India, 1966. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of Saints Abachum and Audifax, St Albert of Cashel, St Canute IV of Denmark, St Charles of Sezze, St Fillan or Foelan, St Germanicus, St Henry of Uppsala, Saints Marius and Martha, St Messalina, St Nathalan and St Wulfstan.
- 1 Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
- 2 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 3 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Edgar Froese dead: Tangerine Dream founder dies aged 70
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Syrian refugee child beaten by Istanbul Burger King manager for eating customer’s leftover food
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
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