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Births: Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb, playwright, novelist and actor, 1876; Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1894; Dr Alfred Charles Kinsey, zoologist and author of the Kinsey Reports on human sexual behaviour, 1894.

Deaths: Pedro de Mendoza, soldier and explorer, at sea 1537; Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope, traveller and eccentric, 1839; Olivia Manning, novelist, 1980.

On this day: the first evening newspaper, Dawks's News-Letter, (appearing three times a week) was published in London, 1696; Keble College, Oxford, opened, 1870; the British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean fled to the Soviet Union, 1951; the Royalty Theatre opened in London, 1960.

Today is the Feast Day of St Agrippina, St Etheldreda or Audrey, St Libert or Liebert, St Thomas Corsini and St Thomas Garnet.