Friday 08 March 1996
Births: John Fothergill, physician, 1712; William Roscoe, historian, 1753; Oliver Wendell Holmes Jnr, judge, 1841; Kenneth Grahame, author, 1859; Otto Hahn, physicist and chemist, 1879; Tad Dameron, jazz pianist, composer and arranger, 1965. Deaths: King William III, 1702; Louis-Hector Berlioz, composer, 1869; Benno Adam, animal painter, 1892; Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, soldier and inventor, 1917; Sir Thomas Beecham Bt, conductor, 1961; Richard Austen Butler, Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, statesman, 1982; Tad Dameron, jazz pianist, composer and arranger, 1965; Sir William Walton, composer, 1983. On this day: Queen Anne acceded to the British throne, 1702; work began on the Amsterdam-North Sea Canal, 1865; Mahatma Gandhi started a civil disobedience campaign in India, 1930; a coal strike began in Britain, 1944; the first London production of the musical Kiss Me, Kate was presented, 1945; 3,500 US marines landed in South Vietnam, 1965; the Nelson Column in Dublin was destroyed by an IRA bomb, 1966. Today is the Feast Day of St Duthac, St Felix of Dunwich, St Humphrey or Hunfrid, St John of God, St Julian of Toledo, Saints Philemon Carthage, St Senan of Scattery, St Stephen of Obazine and St Veremund.
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