Tuesday 08 February 1994
Deaths: Mary, Queen of Scots, beheaded 1587; Giuseppe Torelli, composer, 1709; Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, 1725; Moritz von Schwind, painter, 1871; David Friedrich Strauss, philosopher, theologian and biographer, 1874; Robert Michael Ballantyne, author of books for boys, 1894; Prince Peter Alekseyevich Kropotkin, anarchist and geographer, 1921; William Bateson, biologist and geneticist, 1926; Max Liebermann, painter and etcher, 1935; Prince Nicholas of Greece, 1938; John Langstraw Austin, philosopher, 1960; Sir Victor Gollancz, publisher and writer, 1967.
On this day: Catherine I became Empress of Russia in succession to Peter the Great, 1725; the Great Frost of London ended, 1740; the Morning Advertiser newspaper was first published, 1794; looting and riots broke out after a peaceable demonstration in Trafalgar Square by the unemployed, 1886; the film Birth of a Nation by DW Griffiths was first shown, 1915; 374 lives were lost after the French cruiser Admiral Charner was torpedoed off the Syrian coast, 1916; in the Soviet Union, Malenkov resigned and was succeeded by NA Bulganin, 1955; in Angola, 14 British mercenaries were executed by firing squad, 1976.
Today is the Feast Day of St Cuthman, St Elfleda, St Jerome Emiliani, St John of Matha, St Meingold, St Nicetius or Nizier of Besancon and St Stephen of Muret.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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