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Births: Herbert Henry Asquith, first Earl of Oxford and Asquith, statesman, 1852; Maurice Chevalier, entertainer and actor, 1888; John Cleveland (Jesse) Owens, athlete, 1913.

Deaths: Jan van der Heyden, painter, 1712; Anthony Perkins, actor, 1992; Raymond William Stacy Burr, actor, 1993.

On this day: the Allies were victorious at the Battle of the Marne, 1914; Benito Mussolini, imprisoned by the Allies, was rescued by the Germans, 1943; a military coup deposed the Emperor Haile Selassie in Ethiopia, 1974.

Today is the Feast Day of St Ailbhe, St Eanswida and St Guy of Anderlecht.