Tuesday 08 June 1993
Deaths: the Prophet Mohammed, 632; Hardicanute, King of Denmark and England, 1042; Edward, the Black Prince, 1376; Sophia, Electress of Hanover, mother of George I, 1714; Johann Joachim Winckelmann, historian and archaeologist, 1768; Thomas Paine, radical author, 1809; Andrew Jackson, seventh US President, 1845; Douglas William Jerrold, playwright and humorist, 1857; Sir Joseph Paxton, architect, 1865; George Sand (Amandine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin), writer, 1876; Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet, 1889; Pamela Frankau, novelist, 1967; Katharine Cornell, actress, 1974; Sir Norman Hartnell, royal dressmaker, 1979.
On this day: the suction vacuum-cleaner was patented, 1869; the second Labour Government, with Ramsay MacDonald as prime minster, took office, 1929; in Romania, King Carol resumed the throne, 1930; James Earl Ray was arrested in London and charged with the murder of Martin Luther King, 1968.
Today is the Feast Day of St Cloud of Metz, St Maximinus of Aix, St Medard and St William of York or Thwayt.
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now
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