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Anniversaries Births: Charles Lamb, essayist and poet, 1775; Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, novelist, 1890; Maurice Harold Macmillan, first Earl of Stockton, statesman and publisher, 1894; Bertolt Brecht, playwright and poet, 1898; Lon Chaney Jnr (Creighton Chaney), actor, 1906; Joyce Irene Grenfell, actress and writer, 1910.

Deaths: Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, consort of Mary, Queen of Scots, murdered 1567; Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, author, 1837; William Henry Hunt, painter, 1864; Joseph Lister, first Baron Lister, surgeon, 1912; Edgar Richard Horatio Wallace, thriller-writer, 1932; Pope Pius XI (Achille Ratti), 1939; Marshal of the RAF Hugh Montague Trenchard, first Viscount Trenchard, "Father of the RAF", 1956; Billy Rose, producer and lyricist, 1966; Brian Aherne, actor, 1986.

On this day: Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, 1840; Upper and Lower Canada were united, 1841; Lord Beaverbrook was appointed as minister in charge of propaganda, 1918; New Delhi was inaugurated as capital of India, 1931; ``Pay As You Earn'' income tax was introduced, 1944; hundreds of people died and many made homeless after floods in Bolivia, 1979.

Today is the Feast Day of St Austreberta, St Scholastica, St Soteris, St Trumwin and St William of Maleval.