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Births: Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, 1747; Louis-Christophe-Francois Hachette, bookseller and publisher, 1800; Heinrich Karl Marx, author and socialist, 1818; Karl Attenhofer, conductor and composer, 1837; Henryk Sienkiewicz, novelist, author of Quo Vadis?, 1846; Archibald Percival Wavell, first Earl Wavell, soldier, 1883; Sir Gordon Richards, jockey, 1904.

Deaths: Napoleon I (Napoleone Buonaparte), Emperor of France, 1821; Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, composer, 1837; Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, painter, 1874; William Friese-Greene (William Green), cinematograph pioneer, 1921; Professor Ludwig Erhard, former West German chancellor, 1977.

On this day: the States-General assembled at Versailles, 1789; the British defeated the French at the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, 1811; Amy Johnson began a solo flight to Australia, 1930; British forces invaded Madagascar, 1942; the Council of Europe was set up in London, 1949; Commander Alan B. Shepard went into space in a Mercury capsule, 1961; Major Yuri Gagarin, cosmonaut, orbited the earth, 1961.

Today is the Feast Day of St Angelo, St Avertinus, St Hilary of Arles, St Hilary of Galeata, St John Haile, St Jutta and St Mauruntius.

Sir Peter Tizard

A Memorial Service for Sir Peter Tizard will be held in the Chapel at Jesus College, Oxford, on Saturday 21 May 1994 at 2.30pm.

Sir John Tilney

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Sir John Tilney will be held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, at noon on Tuesday 14 June 1994. Those wishing to attend should apply for tickets to Room 14, The Chapter Office, 20 Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3PA, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope. Tickets will be posted on 2 June.