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Births: Sir Christopher Wren, mathematician and architect, 1632; Nicolas de Largilliere, painter, 1656; Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's Schooldays, 1822; Jean-Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud, poet, 1854; Bela Lugosi (Bela Lugosi Blasko), actor, 1884; Charlie Chase (Charles Parrott), actor and film director, 1893; Anna Neagle (Marjorie Robertson), actress, 1904; Frederic Dannay, novelist (one-half of the 'Ellery Queen' partnership), 1905.

Deaths: Thomas Linacre, scholar and physician, 1524; Grace Darling, heroine at the wreck of the Forfarshire, 1842; Sarah Ann Glover, inventor of the Tonic Sol-fa system, 1867; Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st US president, 1964; Bud Flanagan (Robert Winthrop), 'Crazy Gang' comedian, 1968; Sir John Anthony Quayle, actor, 1989.

On this day: the coronation of George I took place, 1714; the 49th parallel was defined as the border between Canada and the United States, 1818; the Sunday Times was first published, 1822; in Italy, Benito Mussolini, Fascist leader, seized power, 1922; Aachen was captured by the Allies, 1944; owing to disturbances caused by the Mau Mau terrorist organisation, a state of emergency was declared in Kenya, 1952; Aristotle Onassis married Jacqueline Kennedy, 1968; the Sydney Opera House was opened to the public, 1973.

Today is the Feast Day of St Acca, St Andrew the Calybite of Crete, St Artemius, St Bertilla Boscardin and St Caprasius of Agen.