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 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Ryan Gosling granted temporary restraining order against a woman 'convinced she was his twin flame'
Jennifer Lawrence sings in new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 clip on YouTube
Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
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