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 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 3 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 4 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
- 5 Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran
Ryan Gosling granted temporary restraining order against a woman 'convinced she was his twin flame'
Jennifer Lawrence sings in new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 clip on YouTube
Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
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