Wednesday 25 October 1995
Births: Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay, historian and essayist, 1800; Johann Strauss the Younger, composer, 1825; Georges Bizet, composer, 1838; Pablo Ruiz Picasso, painter, 1881. Deaths: Geoffrey Chaucer, poet, 1400; Sir Charles Halle (Carl Halle), conductor and pianist, 1895; Vincent Leonard Price, actor and writer, 1993. On this day: the English defeated the French at the Battle of Agincourt, 1415; the Charge of the Light Brigade took place, 1854; Private Eye was first published, 1961. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Chrysanthus and Daria, Saints Crispin and Crispinian, The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, Saints Fronto and George, St Gaudentius of Brescia and St Richard Gwyn.
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