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 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Bill Cosby: Isn’t it obvious why his accusers have stayed silent up until now?
- 4 Halle Berry takes ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court for allegedly trying to make daughter look less African-American
- 5 Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
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