Thursday 14 October 1993
Deaths: Harold, King of the English, killed in battle 1066; Joachim von Sandrart, painter and historian, 1688; James Francis Edward Keith, soldier, 1758; John Philpot Curran, statesman, 1817; Samuel Phillips, journalist and novelist, 1854; Johann Christian Clausen Dahl, landscape painter, 1857; Albrecht Francois Lieven de Vriendt, painter, 1900; Helen de Guerry Simpson, novelist, killed in a London air raid 1940; Dame Marie Tempest (Mary Susan Etherington), actress, 1942; Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, general, committed suicide 1944; Maud Diver (Katherine Helen Maud Marshall), novelist, 1945; Errol Flynn, actor, 1959; Dame Edith Mary Evans, actress, 1976; (Harry Lillis) Bing Crosby, singer, 1977; Keenan (Francis Xavier Aloysius) Wynn, actor, 1986; Leonard Bernstein, conductor and composer, 1990.
On this day: the Battle of Hastings was fought at Senlac Hill, Pevensey, Sussex, 1066; William I acceded to the throne of England, 1066; Mary, Queen of Scots was tried, 1586; the trial of Marie Antoinette took place, 1793; the Prussians were defeated by Napoleon at the Battle of Jena- Auerstadt, 1806; the Treaty of Schonbrunn was signed, 1809; bread riots took place in Hyde Park, London, 1855; the comic opera Rip Van Winkle was first produced, London, 1882; the former US President Theodore Roosevelt was shot at by John Schrank, 1912; 439 lives were lost in an explosion at Senghenydd colliery, south Wales, 1913; Oxford degrees were first conferred on women, 1920; 810 lives were lost when the battleship HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed in Scapa Flow 1939; Charles Yeager made the first supersonic air flight (670mph) in California, 1947; the first London production of the musical show Can-Can was presented, 1954; 50p coins were issued to replace the 10-shilling note, 1969; the first close-up television pictures of Mars were transmitted to Earth by the US Mariner 9 spacecraft, 1971.
Today is the Feast Day of St Angadriama, St Burchard of Wurzburg, St Callixtus I, pope, St Dominic Lauricatus, St Justus of Lyons, St Manaccus and St Manechildis.
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- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 Tory activist asked to step down after Labour candidate Rupa Huq is 'manhandled' while questioning Boris Johnson on the campaign trail
- 5 Uploading pictures to find out how old you are gives Microsoft the right to post them wherever they want
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Russian warships accused of 'chasing away' Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence
How the language you speak changes your view of the world
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The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
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