Friday 10 December 1993
Deaths: Paolo Uccello (Paolo di Dono), painter, 1475; Tommaso Grossi, poet and novelist, 1853; Dr Thomas Southwood Smith, sanitary reformer, 1861; Leopold I, King of the Belgians, 1865; Alfred Bernhard Nobel, industrialist and philanthropist, 1896; Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, botanist, 1911; Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect, painter and art nouveau pioneer, 1928; Luigi Pirandello, playwright and novelist, 1936; Alfred Damon Runyon, writer, 1946.
On this day: the Gregorian calendar was adopted in France, 1582; Mississippi became the 20th of the United States, 1817; the first pneumatic tyres were patented by Robert Thomson, 1845; Louis Napoleon was elected President of France by a large majority, 1848; the United States and Spain signed a Peace Treaty in Paris, 1898; Cuba became independent of Spain, 1898; the first Nobel Prizes were awarded, 1901; the Aswan Dam in Egypt was opened, 1902; the National Farmers' Union was founded in London, 1908; Puccini's opera La Fanciulla del West was first produced, New York, 1910; Piccadilly underground station was opened in London, 1928; King Edward VIII abdicated, and became Duke of Windsor, 1936; the Royal Naval battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse were sunk by Japanese aircraft, 1941; the United Nations General Assembly issued the Declaration of Human Rights, 1948; Zanzibar became independent, 1963; Concorde made its first scheduled flight from London to Singapore, 1977.
Today is the Feast Day of St Edmund Gerhings, St Eulalia of Merida, St Eustace White, St Gregory III, pope, St John Roberts, Saints Mannas, Hermogenes and Eugraphus, St Melchiades or Miltiades, St Polydore Plaaden and St Swithin Wells.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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