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Births: Charles Le Brun, painter, 1619; Samuel Wesley, organist and composer, 1766; Wilhelm Karl Grimm, philologist and folklorist, 1786;

Deaths: Thomas Coutts, banker, 1822; Ahmed Pasha, Egyptian prime minister, assassinated 1945; Pierre- Marie-Felix Janet, psychologist and neurologist, 1947.

On this day: the Flying Scotsman went into service, 1923; the first commercial nylon product - toothbrush bristles - was produced in the US, 1938; Juan Domingo Peron was elected president of Argentina, 1946.

Today is the Feast Day of Saints Montanus, Lucius, and their Companions and St Praetextatus or Prix.