Friday 08 October 1993
Deaths: Jan Massys, painter, 1575; Henry Fielding, novelist, 1754; Franklin Pierce, 14th US President, 1869; George W. Lederer, theatrical producer, 1938; Gus Kahn, lyricist, 1941; Edith Anna Oenone Somerville, author, 1949; Kathleen Mary Ferrier, contralto, 1953; Clement Richard Attlee, first Earl Attlee, statesman, 1967; Willy Brandt (Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm), former West German Chancellor, 1992.
On this day: the final consecration of St Mark's, Venice, took place, 1085; King's College London was opened, 1831; 300,000 people died in China during a great typhoon, 1881; Charles Nessler first used a permanent waving machine on a woman's hair, 1905; the First Balkan War broke out, when Greece, Serbia and Montenegro united against Turkey, 1912; Beirut was taken by the British, 1918; the Saville Theatre, London, opened, 1931; the US aircraft-carrier Saratoga was launched, then the world's most powerful warship, 1955; Britain's tallest building, the Post Office Tower, London, opened, 1965; Britain's first legal commercial radio station, LBC (London Broadcasting Company) started transmitting, 1973.
Today is the Feast Day of St Demetrius, St Simeon Senex, St Keyne, St Marcellus, St Pelagia (or Margaret) the Penitent, St Reparata of Caesarea, and St Thais.
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