Saturday 06 February 1993
Births: Christopher Marlowe, playwright, 1564; Queen Anne, 1665; Ugo Foscolo, novelist and poet, 1778; Mrs Isabella Mary Beeton (Mayson), authoress, 1865; George Herman ('Babe') Ruth, baseball player, 1895; Alberto Cavalcanti, documentary film maker, 1897; Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress, 1912; Francois Truffaut, film director, 1932.
Deaths: Thurstan, Archbishop of York, 1140; King Charles II, 1685; Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, landscape gardener, 1783; Joseph Priestley, cleric and chemist, 1804; Gustav Klimt, painter, 1918; Ellen Cicely Wilkinson, politician, 1947; King George VI, 1952; Marghanita Laski, author, 1988.
On this day: James II acceded to the throne of Great Britain, 1685; Britain declared war on France, 1778; Great Britain and Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand, 1840; Crete proclaimed a union with Greece, 1897; the Boy Scouts of America were chartered, 1910; nearly the whole of central Constantinople (Istanbul) was destroyed in a great fire, 1911; an Act of Parliament granted votes for women aged over 30, 1918; the German airline Deutsche Luft-Reederei was established, flying between Berlin and Weimar, 1919; Cardinal Achille Ratti was elected as Pope Pius XI, 1922; the financial scandal of the Stavisky affair brought riots in Paris, 1934; Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne, 1952; seven members of the Manchester United football team were among 21 killed in an air crash at Munich, 1958; agreement was reached between Britain and France on a Channel Tunnel, 1964; the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the former prime minister, should be hanged, 1979.
Today is the National Day of New Zealand and the Feast Day of St Amand, St Guarinus of Palestrina, St Hildegund, Saints Mel and Melchu, St Paul Miki and his Companions and St Vedast or Vaast.
Births: St Thomas More, 1478; Charles John Huffam Dickens, novelist, 1812; Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, editor of the Oxford New English Dictionary, 1837; Ernst Frank, conductor and composer, 1847.
Deaths: Ann Radcliffe (Ward), romantic novelist, 1823; Henry Neele, writer and poet, committed suicide, 1828; Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, novelist, 1873; Pope Pius IX, 1878; Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, 1894; Igor Vasilevich Kuchatov, nuclear physicist, 1960.
On this day: Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II) was created Prince of Wales, 1301; while visiting the British Museum, William Lloyd smashed the first-century Portland Vase, 1845; HMS Orpheus was wrecked off the coast of New Zealand, with the loss of 185 lives, 1863; the Pall Mall Gazette was first published, 1865; the Tivoli Theatre, London, closed, 1914; Benghazi was captured by the British, 1941; the Germans began an offensive against the Anzio bridgehead in Italy, 1944; the main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, 1947; Grenada became independent, 1974.
Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Adaucus, St Luke the Younger, St Moses, St Richard, 'king', St Silvin and St Theodore of Heraclea.
- 1 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 2 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 3 Reading Festival 2014: Tesco branch replaces salad and potatoes for Jagermesiter and vodka
- 4 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 5 Ferguson protests: 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein ‘arrested’ by police during St Louis demonstrations
Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police shoot and kill second young black man
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
Iraq crisis: Islamic State's message to America - 'We will drown you all in blood'
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
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