Tuesday 24 August 1993
Deaths: Pliny the Elder, Roman naturalist and writer, 79; Alaric I, King of the Visigoths, 410; Francesco Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola), artist, 1540; Gaspard II de Coligny, admiral and Huguenot leader, killed 1572; Jean-Francois-Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz, politician, 1679; Colonel Thomas Blood, adventurer, 1680; Thomas Chatterton, poet, committed suicide 1770; August Wilhelm Anton Neithardt, Count von Gneisenau, soldier, 1831; Nicolas-Leonard-Sadi Carnot, physicist, 1832; Theodore Edward Hook, playwright and author, 1841; Adam Ivan Krusenstern, navigator, 1846; Margaret Fairless Barber (Michael Fairless), essayist, 1901; Alfred Stevens, painter, 1906; John William Dunne, philosopher, 1949; Getulio Dornelles Vargas, Brazilian president, committed suicide, 1954; Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, theologian and essayist, 1957; Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom, South African leader, 1958.
On this day: the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried under volcanic ash after the eruption of Vesuvius, 79; Rome was captured by the Visigoths, 410; England achieved her first naval victory in the Battle of the Key, when Hubert de Burgh defeated the French fleet under Eustace the Monk, 1217; the Massacre of St Bartholomew occurred in France when thousands of Huguenots were killed in Paris, 1572; Calcutta was founded by Job Charnock at Sutanati, 1686; the English-Dutch Fleets defeated the French at the Battle of Malaga, 1704; Washington DC was captured by British troops, who burned down the White House, 1814; US troops were routed by the British at Bladensburg, Maryland, 1814; Matthew Webb was the first man to swim the English Channel, 1875; the Allies retreated from Mons, 1914; the outskirts of London were raided by Zeppelins, killing eight people, 1916; Mustafa Kemal, leading the Turkish army, threw back the Greeks at the Battle of the Sakkaria River, 1921; the ZR-2 dirigible balloon collapsed and exploded near Hull, killing 62, 1921; the Quebec Conference ended, 1943; the Manchester Guardian was renamed the Guardian, 1959.
Today is the Feast Day of St Audenoeus or Ouen, St Bartholomew and the Martyrs of Utica.
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