Wednesday 18 January 1995
Deaths: Jan van Riebeck, founder of Cape Town, 1677; Sir George Hayter, painter, 1871; Joseph Rudyard Kipling, author, 1936; Sydney Greenstreet, actor, 1954; George Morrow, illustrator, 1955; Hugh Todd Naylor Gaitskell, statesman, 1963; Malcolm Henry Ellis, historian, 1964; Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, designer and photographer, 1980.
On this day: Henry VII of Lancaster and Elizabeth of York were married, 1486; Gorboduc, by Sackville and Norton, the first English tragedy, was performed, 1561; Capt James Cook discovered the Sandwich Islands, 1778; the German Reich was proclaimed in theHall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, 1871; Wilhelm of Prussia was proclaimed the first German Emperor, 1871; the Peace Conference opened at Versailles, 1919.
Today is the Feast Day of St Peter's Chair, Rome, St Desle or Deicolus, St Prisca or Priscilla and St Volusian.
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