Wednesday 20 March 1996
Births: Ovid, poet, 43 BC; Henrik Ibsen, playwright, 1828; Max Brand (Frederick Schiller Faust) novelist and screenwriter, 1892; Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave, actor, 1908. Deaths: Henry IV, King of England, 1413; Sir Isaac Newton, scientist, 1727; Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France, 1929; Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, editor and poet, 1945; Brendan Behan, writer, 1964. On this day: the Dutch East India Company was founded, 1602; the foundation stone of Dartmoor Prison, Devon, was laid, 1806; Marble Arch, formerly at Buckingham Palace, was unveiled at its present site in London, 1851; the British Council was established, 1935. Today is the Feast Day of St Cuthbert, St Herbert, St Martin of Braga, St Photina and her Companions, St Wulfram and The Martyrs of Mar Saba, and is also the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 4 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
- 5 Man hospitalised with pneumonia after downing eggnog at office Christmas party
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
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