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Anniversaries

Births: Henry VIII, King, 1491; Sir Peter Paul Rubens, painter, 1577; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, writer and philosopher, 1712; Luigi Pirandello, playwright, 1867; Richard Charles Rodgers, composer and lyricist, 1902. Deaths: Pope Paul I, 767; Francis Wheatley, portrait and landscape painter, 1801; James Madison, fourth US President, 1836; Robert O'Hara Burke, explorer of Australia, 1861. On this day: the Crusaders regained Antioch from the Turks, 1098; Spanish troops recovered Minorca from the French, 1756; Queen Victoria was crowned, 1838; a mutiny of Russian sailors took place on the battleship Potemkin, 1905; Westminster Cathedral was consecrated, 1910; the Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were shot at Sarajevo, 1914. Today is the Feast Day of St Heimrad, St Irenaeus of Lyons, St John Southworth, St Paul I, Pope, Saints Plutarch, Potamiaena and Companions and Saints Sergius and Germanus of Valaam.

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