Thursday 24 February 1994
Deaths: Francis, Duc de Guise, military commander, assassinated 1563; Marc-Antoine Charpentier, composer, 1704; Sir Edmund Andros, Governor of Virginia, 1714; Sir James Radcliffe Bt, third Earl of Derwentwater, statesman, 1716; Henry Cavendish, physicist, 1810; Robert Fulton, steamboat pioneer, 1815; Thomas Coutts, banker, 1822; Thomas Bowdler, editor and censor, 1825; Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, mathematician, 1856; Edmund John Armstrong, poet, 1865; Sir Edward Marshall Hall, lawyer, 1927; Ahmed Pasha, Egyptian prime minister, assassinated 1945; Pierre-Marie-Felix Janet, psychologist and neurologist, 1947; Grant Franklin Thomas Richards, publisher, 1948; Bobby Moore, footballer, 1993.
On this day: Francis I of France was defeated at the Battle of Pavia, 1525; Pope Gregory XIII issued a Bull announcing the Gregorian Calendar, 1582; the Battle of the Alamo began, 1836; Louis-Philippe, King of France, abdicated, 1848; the Flying Scotsman went into service, 1923; the Arnold Dolmetsch Foundation was set up, 1928; a world land-speed record of 253.96mph was set up by Sir Malcolm Campbell, 1932; the first commercial nylon product - toothbrush bristles - was produced in the US, 1938; Juan Domingo Peron was elected president of Argentina, 1946; the government of Dr Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana was overthrown by a military coup, 1966; a group of Army officers seized power in Sierra Leone, 1967.
Today is the Feast Day of Saints Montanus, Lucius, and their Companions and St Praetextatus or Prix.
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