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Anniversaries

Births: Dr George Hickes, theologian, 1642; Jacques Offenbach (Jakob Levy Eberst), composer, 1819; George Edmund Street, architect, 1824; Errol Flynn, actor, 1909. Deaths: Willem Barents, explorer, in the Arctic 1597; Jules-Alfred Huot de Goncourt, writer, 1870; Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, painter, 1904; Francisco (Pancho) Villa, South American revolutionary, assassinated 1923. On this day: the first municipal fire brigade in Britain was founded at Beverley, Yorkshire, 1726; Queen Victoria ascended the throne, 1837; a new Tay Railway Bridge was opened for public traffic, 1887; the first trolley-bus service in Britain was opened in Leeds, 1911. Today is the Feast Day of St Adalbert of Magdeburg, St Bain or Bagnus, St Goban, Saints John Fenwick and John Gavan, St Silverius, Pope.

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