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Births: Richard I, King (Coeur de Lion), 1157; Antonin Dvorak, composer, 1841; Alfred Jarry, playwright and poet, 1873; Peter Richard Henry Sellers, actor and comedian, 1925.

Deaths: Ann Lee, Shaker leader, 1784; Richard Georg Strauss, composer, 1949; Andre Derain, painter, 1954.

On this day: New Amsterdam in North America was surrendered by the Dutch to the English and renamed New York, 1664; the Severn Road Bridge was officially opened, 1966; President Gerald Ford granted a full pardon to Richard Nixon for 'any offences he might have committed while in office', 1974.

Today is the Feast Day of Saints Adrian and Natalia, St Corbinian, St Disibod, St Eusebius, St Kingsmark or Cynfarch Oer, St Nestabus, St Nestor, St Sergius I, pope and St Zeno.