Births: St Thomas More, 1478; Charles John Huffam Dickens, novelist, 1812; Franz Friedrich Richard Genee, conductor and composer, 1823; Sir William Huggins, astronomer, 1824; Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleyev, chemist, 1834.

Deaths: James Stewart, second Earl of Moray, murdered 1591; Jan van Huysum, painter, 1749; Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki, painter and engraver, 1801; Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, novelist, 1873; Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, 1894; Jimmy Van Heusen (Edward Chester Babcock), popular composer, 1990.

On this day: Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II) was created Prince of Wales, 1301; while visiting the British Museum, William Lloyd smashed the 1st-century Portland Vase, 1845; the Tivoli Theatre, London, closed, 1914; the main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls was discovered, 1947.

Today is the Feast Day of St Adaucus, St Luke the Younger, St Moses, St Richard, 'king', St Silvin and St Theodore of Heraclea.

Sir Jack Longland

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Sir Jack Longland will be held in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London EC1, on Friday 11 March 1994 at noon.