Friday 19 February 1993
Deaths: Charles-Francois Daubigny, landscape painter, 1878; Charles Blondin (Jean-Francois Gravelet), tight-rope walker, 1897; Ernst Mach, physicist, 1916; Andre-Paul-Guillaume Gide, novelist, 1951; John Grierson, documentary film maker, 1972.
On this day: the Peace of Westminster was signed, under which New Netherlands (New York) became British, 1674; Napoleon Buonaparte established himself as First Consul, 1800; bread riots took place in Liverpool, 1855; the phonograph was patented by Thomas Alva Edison, 1878; British troops from Kenya invaded Italian Somaliland, 1941; US troops landed on Iwo Jima, 1945; an agreement for the independence of Cyprus was signed in London by the prime ministers of Britain, Turkey and Greece, 1959; the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw its forces from Cuba, 1963; Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Britain after failing to come to an agreement over the fishing dispute, 1976.
Today is the Feast Day of St Barbatus, St Beatus of Liebana, St Boniface of Lausanne, St Conrad of Piacenza and St Mesrop.
- 1 Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden
- 2 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 3 George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
- 4 Headaches, fry ups, and hair of the dog - why do we get hangovers, and is there such thing as a 'cure'?
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence: Britain faces 'constitutional crisis' at next election
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
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