Tuesday 17 October 1995
Births: Nathan Field, actor and playwright, baptised 1587; John Wilkes, political reformer and journalist, 1727; Claude-Henri, Comte de Saint- Simon, economist and social reformer, 1760; Elinor Glyn, novelist, 1864; Baroness Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), author, 1885; Nathanael West (Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein), novelist, 1903; Rita Hayworth (Margarita Carmen Cansino), actress, 1918; Montgomery Clift, actor, 1920. Deaths: Sir Philip Sidney, poet, soldier and courtier, 1586; Rene-Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur, scientist, 1757; John Brown, physician and medical reformer, 1788; Frederic- Francois Chopin (Fryderyk Franciszek), composer, 1849. On this day: under the Treaty of Dunkirk, Charles II sold Dunkirk to the French, 1662; Napoleon was exiled and arrived on the island of St Helena, 1815; the republics of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were formally established, 1918; in the United States, the gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in jail for income-tax evasion, 1931; the first nuclear power station in the world was opened at Calder Hall, 1956. Today is the Feast Day of St Anstrudis or Austrude, Saints Ethelbert and Ethelred, St Ignatius of Antioch, St John the Dwarf, St Nothelm, St Rule, St Seraphino and The Ur
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