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Births: Nathaniel Bacon, American colonial leader, 1647; John Manners, Marquis of Granby, military commander, 1721; James Wolfe, general, 1727; Philip Morin Freneau, sailor and ``poet of the Revolution'', 1752; Karl Wilhelm Dindorf, classical sch olar, 1802; Oswald Achenbach, painter, 1827;George Gilbert Aime Murray, classical scholar, 1866; Jimmy Nervo (James Holloway), comedian, 1897; Isaac Asimov, biochemist and science-fiction writer, 1920.

Deaths: Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), poet, 17; Philip V, King of France, 1322; Alexander Wedderburn, first Earl of Rosslyn, Lord Chancellor, 1805; Dr John Mason Good, physician and author, 1827; Dr Andrew Ure, chemist, 1857; Sir George Biddell Airy, astronomer royal, 1892; Sir Edward Augustus Bond, librarian of the British Museum, 1898; Eleanor Rathbone, social reformer, 1946; Edna May, actress, 1948; Dick Emery, comedian, 1983.

On this day: Georgia became the fourth of the United States, 1788; Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of the moon, 1839; the first municipal crematorium was opened at Hull, 1901; the