Friday 04 February 1994
Deaths: Lucius Septimius Severus, Roman emperor, 211; Antonio Pollaiuolo (de Jacobo Benci), sculptor, 1498; John Rogers, Protestant martyr, burned at the stake 1555; Louis Elzevier, printer, 1617; John Hamilton Mortimer, historical painter, 1779; Edward Sapir, linguist and anthropologist, 1939; Lord (Montagu Collet) Norman, banker, 1950; Sir William Darling, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 1962; Karen Carpenter, singer, 1983; Liberace (Wladiziu Valentino), entertainer, 1987.
On this day: the secessionist states met at Montgomery, Alabama and formed the Confederate States of America, 1861; the Ashanti War ended following the Battle of Kumasi, 1874; the Russo-Japanese war began, when Port Arthur was besieged, 1904; a naval blockade of Germany was announced by Britain, 1915; the command of the German Army was assumed by Adolf Hitler, 1938; the Yalta Conference opened, when Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met, 1945; Ceylon (later known as Sri Lanka) became an independent state, 1948; sweet rationing ended in Britain, 1953; the Sunday Times issued the first colour supplement in Britain, 1962; a Japanese Boeing 727 crashed into Tokyo Bay, killing 133 people, 1966; the world's largest hovercraft (165 tonnes) was launched at Cowes, 1968; after an earthquake in Guatemala, more than 23,000 people were killed, 1976; in Ethiopia, the head of state, Brig-Gen Teferi Bante and six others were executed by military council, 1977.
Today is the Feast Day of St Andrew Corsini, bishop, St Isidore of Pelusium, St Joan of Valois, St John de Britto, St Joseph of Leonessa, St Modan, St Nicholas Studites, St Phileas, St Rembert and St Theophilus the Penitent.
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
- 5 Teen suffers embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of deputy PM
Which country would be hardest to invade?
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
UK weather: Severe weather warning for snow and torrential rain over bank holiday weekend
Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
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