Monday 27 June 1994
Deaths: Nicholas Tindal, historian, 1774; James Lewis Macie Smithson, scientist and founder of the Smithsonian Institution, 1829; Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), murdered in prison 1844; Harriet Martineau, novelist and economist, 1876.
On this day: The Ladies' Mercury, the first woman's magazine, was issued, 1693; King George II led the Pragmatic Army (British, Hanoverians and Hessians), defeating the French at the Battle of Dettingen: the last time a British monarch led his troops in the field, 1743; Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a maid, escaped to Skye, 1746; the Central London Electric Railway was opened, running between Shepherd's Bush and the Bank, 1900; the first nuclear power station was opened at Obninsk, near Moscow, 1954.
Today is the Feast Day of St Cyril of Alexandria, St George Mtasmindeli, St John of Chinon, St Ladislas, king of Hungary, St Samson of Constantinople, The Martyrs of Arras and St Zoilus of Cordova.
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- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
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- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
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