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 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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