Friday 25 February 1994
Deaths: Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex, executed 1601; Albrecht von Wallenstein, general, assassinated 1634; Frederick I, King of Prussia, 1713; Sir Christopher Wren, architect, 1723; Eliza Hayward (Fowler), novelist, playwright and actress, 1756; William Buchan, physician and lecturer, 1805; Thomas Moore, poet and musician, 1852; George Don, botanist, 1856; Paul Julius, Freiherr von Reuter, founder of the news agency, 1899; Fritz Karl Hermann von Uhde, painter, 1911; Anton Stepanovich Arensky, composer, 1906; Sir John Tenniel, artist and illustrator, 1914; Henri-Desire Landru, multi-murderer, executed 1922; James Boyd, novelist, 1944; George Richards Minot, physician, 1950; Mark Rothko, painter, 1970; Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams, playwright, 1983.
On this day: Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V, 1570; the rules of cricket were formulated in the 'Star and Garter', Pall Mall, 1774; Edward John Eyre set out to explore the Great Australian Bight, 1841; paper currency, called 'greenbacks', was first issued in the US by Abraham Lincoln, 1862; Federal income tax was introduced into the US, 1913; meat and butter were rationed in Southern England, 1918; the Gaiety Theatre, Strand, London, closed, 1939; a Communist coup took place in Czechoslovakia and a People's Republic was proclaimed, 1948; the US spacecraft Pioneer X was launched, its destination being Jupiter, 1972.
Today is the Feast Day of St Caesarius of Nazianzen, St Calixto Caravario, St Ethelbert of Kent, St Gerland, St Louis Versiglia, St Tarasius, St Victorinus of Corinth and his Companions and St Walburga.
- 1 Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks reveals he has inoperable cancer: 'I've had an incredible life'
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
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