Wednesday 21 October 1992
Deaths: Pietro Aretino, satirist, 1556; Julius Caesar Scaliger (Bordon), philosopher and scientist, 1558; Edmund Waller, poet, 1687; Samuel Foote, actor and playwright, 1777; Horatio, first Viscount Nelson, killed at Trafalgar 1805; Jack (Jean- Louis Lebris de) Kerouac, poet and novelist, 1969.
On this day: Joseph Aspdin patented Portland cement, 1824; Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld was first produced, Paris 1858; a severe earthquake was experienced in San Francisco, 1868; the present building of the Savoy Theatre was opened, London 1929; Purchase Tax was introduced in Britain, 1940; Chinese forces occupied Tibet, 1950; the first British nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought, was launched, 1960; a slag heap collapsed on the village of Aberfan, South Wales, killing 140 people, 1966; Willy Brandt was elected as Chancellor of West Germany, 1969.
Today St Condedus, St Fintan or Munnu of Taghmon, St Hilarion, St John of Bridlington, St Malchus and St Tuda.
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- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
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Mysterious 'X-Files' sounds heard miles above the Earth
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In defence of liberal democracy
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