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Births: Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, composer, 1671; Harriet Beecher Stowe, novelist, 1811; Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Che), revolutionary, 1928.

Deaths: Orlando de Lassus, composer, 1594; Edward FitzGerald, translator of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1883; Emmeline Pankhurst (nee Goulden), women's rights champion, 1928; Gilbert Keith Chesterton, author, 1936; Maxim Gorky (Alexei Maximovich Pyeshkov), author, 1936; John Logie Baird, television pioneer, 1946; Jorge Luis Borges, writer, 1986; Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist and playwright, 1986.

On this day: Henley Regatta was held for the first time, 1839; the German army entered and occupied Paris, 1940; a ceasefire was agreed in the Falklands, 1982.

Today is the Feast Day of St Dogmael, St Methodius the Confessor and Saints Valerius and Rufinus.