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Births: William Brockedon, painter, author and inventor, 1787; Lillie (Emilie Charlotte) Langtry, actress, 1853; Conrad Michael Richter, novelist, 1890.

Deaths: Claudius I, Roman Emperor, poisoned by his wife Agrippina, 54; Antonio Canova, sculptor, 1822; Sidney James Webb, first Baron Passfield, social reformer, 1947.

On this day: the foundation stone of the White House, Washington, was laid by President George Washington, 1792; Ankara became the new capital of Turkey, 1923; the first London production of the musical The Pajama Game was presented, 1955.

Today is the Feast Day of St Coloman, St Comgan, St Edward the Confessor, St Faustus of Cordova, St Gerald of Aurillac, Saints Januarius and Martial and St Maurice of Carnoet.