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Births: Robert Adam, architect and designer, 1728; Leos Janacek, composer, 1854; Franz Kafka, poet, 1883.

Deaths: Theodor Herzl, Zionist leader, 1904; Joel Chandler Harris, creator of 'Uncle Remus', 1908.

On this day: John Logie Baird transmitted the first colour television, London, 1928; food rationing in Britain ended, 1954; an Israeli commando force made an airborne raid on Entebbe airport, Uganda, to free 105 hostages from a hijacked aircraft, 1976.

Today is the Feast Day of St Anatolius of Constantinople,St Anatolius of Laodicea, St Bernardino Realino, St Helidorus of Altino, Saints Irenaeus and Mustiola, St Leo II, Pope, St Rumold or Rombaut and St Thomas the Apostle.