Monday 01 July 1996
Births: Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, philosopher and mathematician, 1646; George Sand (Amandine-Aurore Lucile (Dupin), Baronne Dudevant), novelist, 1804; Louis Bleriot, aviator, 1872; Sir Nigel Ross Playfair, actor and manager, 1874; Charles Laughton, actor, 1899; Amy Johnson, aviator, 1903. Deaths: Charles Goodyear, inventor, 1860; Allan Pinkerton, founder of Pinkerton's Detective Agency, 1884; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1896; Erik Alfred-Leslie Satie (Eric Satie), composer, 1925; Alphonse Marie-Leon Daudet, novelist, 1942; Juan Domingo Pern, Argentine president, 1974. On this day: Sir Thomas More was put on trial, 1535; King William III defeated the Jacobites under James II at the Battle of the Boyne, 1690; addressing the Linnean Society, Charles Darwin announced his theory of evolution, 1858; the Battle of Gettysburg (American Civil War) began, 1863; Queen Victoria unveiled the Albert Memorial in London, 1872; the Union of South Africa was formed, with Dominion status, 1910; the first Variety Command Performance took place at the Palace Theatre, London, 1912; the Battle of the Somme began, 1916; the first tests of nuclear bombs began over Bikini Atoll, 1946; the Prince of Wales's Investiture was held at Caernarfon Castle, 1969. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Aaron and Julius, St Carilephus or Calais, St Eparchius or Cybard, St Gall of Clermont, St Oliver Plunket, St Servanus or Serf, St Shenute, St Simeon Salus and St Thierry or Theodoric of Mont d'Or.
Victoria and Albert Museum: Anne Hobbs, "Aspects of Beatrix Potter", 2.30pm.
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
California teacher appears to have hanged herself in her classroom
The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
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