Thursday 27 October 1994
Deaths: Ivan III (the Great), Tsar of Russia, 1505; Michael Servetus, theologian, burnt at Geneva on the orders of Calvin 1553; Lascelles Abercrombie, writer and critic, 1938; James Mallahan Cain, novelist, 1977; Sir Peter Courtney Quennell, editor and author, 1993.
On this day: the Cavaliers eluded the Roundheads in the Battle of Newbury, 1644; the US Navy was established, 1775; the Liverpool Echo was first published, 1879; the New York Subway was opened, 1904; troops from the United States entered the war in France, their first engagement on the Western Front, 1917; the Pall Mall Gazette was last issued, 1923; the present building of the Prince of Wales's Theatre was opened, 1937; Winston Churchill became prime minister of Britain for the second time, 1951.
Today is the Feast Day of St Frumentius of Ethiopia and St Otteran or Odhran of Iona.
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