Tuesday 27 October 1992
Deaths: Ivan III (the Great), Tsar of Russia, 1505; Michael Servetus, theologian, burnt at Geneva on the orders of Calvin 1553; Vavasor Powell, preacher, 1670; George Morland, painter, 1804; The Rev John Thomson, painter, 1840; Edward Lyon Berthon, inventor of the screw propeller, 1899; Alfred-Philippe Roll, painter, 1919; Lascelles Abercrombie, writer, 1938; Sydney Horler, writer, 1954; Lise Meitner, nuclear physicist, 1968; Rex Todhunter Stout, novelist, 1975; James Mallahan Cain, novelist, 1977.
On this day: the Cavaliers eluded the Roundheads in the Battle of Newbury, 1644; the US Navy was established, 1775; the Treaty of San Lorenzo was signed between Spain and the US, settling the Florida boundary, 1795; the French captured Berlin, 1806; Garibaldi began his march upon Rome, 1867; the French army surrendered Metz to the Germans, 1870; the Liverpool Echo was first published, 1879; the New York Subway was opened, 1904; troops from the US entered the war in France, 1917; the headquarters of the League of Nations was moved from London to Geneva, 1920; the Pall Mall Gazette was last issued, 1923; Winston Churchill again became prime minister of Britain, 1951; in central Yugoslavia, many people were killed when an earthquake destroyed Banja Luka, 1969; the name of the Republic of the Congo was changed to Zaire, 1971.
Today is the Feast Day of St Frumentius of Ethiopia and St Otteran or Odhran of Iona.
The legendary human rights activist, OBE, started her 70 year career working with Holocaust survivors. Colin Firth & Emma Thompson pay tribute
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