Wednesday 22 January 1997
Byron, sixth Baron Byron, poet, 1788. Deaths: Charles Kean, actor-manager,
1868; Queen Victoria, 1901; Walter Richard Sickert, painter, 1942. On
this day: the Falkland Islands were ceded to Britain by Spain, 1771; Ramsay
MacDonald, the first Labour prime minister, took office, 1924. Today is
the Feast Day of St Anastasius the Persian, St Berhtwald of Ramsbury,
St Blesilla, St Dominic of Sora, St Vincent Pallotti and St Vincent of
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
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