Saturday 17 December 1994
Deaths: Louis-Marie Alphonse Daudet, novelist, 1897; Baron Ferdinand James de Rothschild, banker, 1898; Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, physician, 1917; Dana Andrews, actor, 1992.
On this day: Drake's ship The Pelican (afterwards called The Golden Hind) sailed out of Plymouth on a round-the-world voyage, 1577; the first radio message was sent across the Atlantic, 1902; the Wright brothers made their first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 1903.
Today is the Feast Day of St Begga, St Lazarus, St Olympias, St Sturmi and St Wivina.
TOMORROW Births: Joseph Grimaldi, clown, 1779; Saki (Hector Hugh Munro), short-story writer, 1870; Paul Klee, abstract painter, 1879; Betty (Elizabeth Ruth) Grable, actress, 1916.
Deaths: Antonio Stradivari, violin maker, 1737; Dorothy Leigh Sayers, detective story writer, 1957; Sam Wanamaker (Samuel Watenmaker), actor, director and producer, 1993.
On this day: under the 13th Amendment, slavery was abolished in the United States, 1865; the death penalty for murder was abolished in Britain, 1969.
Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Flannan, St Gatian, Saints Rufus and Zosimus, St Samthan and St Winebald.
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- 2 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Noel Gallagher: I lost sh*tloads of money, a few million, didn’t tell my wife
Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
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