Friday 30 December 1994
Deaths: Richard, Duke of York, killed 1460; Amelia Jenks Bloomer, social reformer, 1894; Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, Siberian peasant and mystic, murdered 1916; Rufus Daniel Isaacs, first Marquess of Reading, Lord Chief Justice, 1935; Romain Rolland, author, 1944; Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician, 1947; Richard Charles Rodgers, composer, 1979.
On this day: the Yorkists suffered a defeat at the Battle of Wakefield, 1460; Gilbert and Sullivan's opera The Pirates of Penzance had its first performance, at Paignton, Devon, 1879; Paul Kruger declared the Transvaal a republic, and became the first president, 1880; Zululand was annexed to Natal, 1897; the P & O liner Persia was torpedoed off Crete with the loss of 200 lives, 1915; King Michael of Romania abdicated, 1947; Karol Wojtyla (later to be Pope John Paul II) became Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, 1963.
Today is the Feast Day of St Anysia, St Anysius, St Egwin and St Sabinus of Spoleto.
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- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
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