Thursday 03 June 1993
Deaths: William Harvey, exponent of the theory of the circulation of the blood, 1657; Jean-Francois Millet, painter, buried 1679; Samuel Plimsoll, politician and social reformer, 1898; Johann Strauss the Younger, composer and conductor, 1899; Mary Henrietta Kingsley, writer and explorer, 1900; Franz Kafka, writer, 1924; Pope John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli), 1963; Arthur Michell Ransome, critic and writer of children's books, 1967; James Laver, man of letters, 1975; Dame Anna Neagle (Marjorie Robertson), actress and dancer, 1986; Robert Morley, actor and playwright, 1992.
On this day: the Dutch were defeated by the English fleet at the Battle of Lowestoft, 1665; the game of lacrosse was introduced into Britain from Montreal, 1876; the foundation stone of the opening lock of the Kiel Canal was laid, 1887; a great fire at Constantinople (Istanbul) rendered 15,000 people homeless, 1912; the postage of one penny for sealed letters in Britain was abolished, 1918; the Duke of Windsor married Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson, 1937; the British army was evacuated from Dunkirk, 1940; the Battle of Midway Island began, 1942; third-class travel on British Railways was abolished, 1956; Ed White, the first astronaut to walk in space, spent 21 minutes outside Gemini 4, 1965; at a French air show, a Russian Tupolev 144 supersonic airliner crashed six miles from Le Bourget, killing 13 people, 1973.
Today is the Feast Day of St Cecilius, St Charles Lwanga, St Clothilde, St Genesius of Clermont, St Isaac of Cordova, St Joseph Mkasa, St Kevin or Coemgen, St Liphardus and Urbicius, St Lucillian and his Companions, St Morand and Saints Pergentinus and Laurentinus.
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Watch a man race the Circle line and win
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
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Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton nude pictures exhibition cancelled after artist concedes photos were 'stolen property'
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John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
Richard III: Two years after his body was found scientists discover how he died
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
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
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
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