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Births: Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman soldier, 100 BC; Josiah Wedgwood, potter, 1730; George Eastman, photographic pioneer, 1854; Amedeo Modigliani, painter and sculptor, 1884; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist and author, 1895; Yul Brynner (Youl Bryner), actor, 1915. Deaths: Desiderius Erasmus, scholar, 1536; Titus Oates, impostor and conspirator, 1705; The Hon Charles Stewart Rolls, aviator and automobile manufacturer, killed 1910; Mazo de la Roche, novelist, 1961; Kenneth More, actor, 1982. On this day: Henry VIII married Catherine Parr at Hampton Court Palace, 1543; the Armada set sail from Spain, 1588; the Battle of Aughrim was fought in Ireland by William of Orange, 1691; Britain took possession of Cyprus, 1878; Reed International agreed to sell Mirror Group newspapers to Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press, 1984. Today is the Feast Day of St Felix, Saints Hermagoras and Fortunatus, St Jason, St John Gualbert, St John Jones, St John the Iberian and St Veronica.

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