Friday 06 December 1996
Births: Chretien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, statesman, 1721; The Rev Richard Harris Barham ("Thomas Ingoldsby"), humorist and author, 1788; Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverel Sitwell, writer, 1892; Ira Gershwin (Israel Gershvin), lyricist, 1896. Deaths: Anthony Trollope, novelist and Post Office official, 1882; Ernst Werner von Siemens, inventor, 1892; Roy Orbison (Kelton), singer and composer, 1988; Don Ameche (Dominic Felix Amici), actor, 1993. On this day: Christopher Columbus discovered Hispaniola (now Haiti and Dominican Republic), 1492; the independence of Finland from Russia was proclaimed, 1917; in Halifax harbour, Nova Scotia, the ship Mont Blanc, loaded with 3,000 tons of TNT, collided and exploded, killing 1,654 people, 1917; the Irish Free State was established, 1922; war broke out between India and Pakistan, 1971. Today is the Feast Day of St Abraham of Kratia, St Asella, Saints Dionysia, Majoricus and their Companions, St Gertrude the Elder and St Nicholas of Bari.
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
Isis in Syria: 60,000 Kurds flee terror in new exodus
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
4Chan naked photos leak: Celebrity Twitter reactions to the mass breach of privacy
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