Saturday 11 February 1995
Births: William Henry Fox Talbot, photographic pioneer, 1800; Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, 1847; Joseph Leo Mankiewicz, director, producer and screenwriter, 1909. Deaths: Jean-Bernard-Lon Foucault, physicist, 1868; John Buchan, first Baron Tweedsmuir, governor-general and novelist, 1940; Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein, film director, 1948; Sylvia Plath, poet, 1963; Henry Mayo Bateman, cartoonist, 1970. On this day: the Miracle of Lourdes occurred, when St Bernadette had a vision of the Virgin, 1858; London University received its deed of settlement, 1826; the Welsh Guards (fifth regiment of Guards) was founded, 1915; Margaret Thatcher became the first woman leader of a British political party, 1975; Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years, 1990; the Queen agreed to pay tax on her private income, 1993. Today is the Feast Day of St Benedict of Aniane, St Caedmon, St Gregory II, Pope, St Lazarus of Milan, St Lucius of Adrianople, St Pascal I, Pope, Saints Saturninus, Dativus, and Others and St Severinus of Agaunum.
Births: Thomas Campion, composer and poet, 1567; Charles Darwin, naturalist, 1809; Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President, 1809. Deaths: Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days, executed 1553; Immanuel Kant, philosopher, 1804; Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, architect, 1941. On this day: the London County Council was formed, 1889; George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was first performed, New York 1924. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Antony Kauleas, St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne, St Julian the Hospitaller, St Ludan, St Marina or Pelagia and St Meletius.
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
- 5 The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
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The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
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