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.
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
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