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Births: Thomas Campion, composer and poet, 1567; Charles Darwin, naturalist, 1809; Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President, 1809; George Meredith, novelist, 1828; John Llewellyn Lewis, labour leader, 1880; Max Beckmann, expressionist painter, 1884; William 'Buster' Collier, actor, 1902.

Deaths: Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days, executed 1553; Immanuel Kant, philosopher, 1804; Lillie Langtry, actress, 1929; Henry Hathaway, film-maker, 1985.

On this day: over 1,000 French troops made an unsuccessful invasion attempt on the coast of Pembrokeshire, 1797; the German East Africa Company was chartered, 1885; George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was first performed in New York, 1924. Today is the Feast Day of St Antony Kauleas, St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne, St Julian the Hospitaller, St Ludan, St Marina or Pelagia and St Meletius.