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.
- 1 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Peaches Geldof cause of death: Socialite had taken fatal dose of heroin after years of addiction, inquest concludes
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Iraq crisis: Isis orders Mosul shop keepers to cover mannequins
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
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