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Anniversaries

Births: Petrarch, scholar, lyric poet and humanist, 1304; James Harris, grammarian, 1709; Max Liebermann, painter and etcher, 1847; Margaret McMillan, politician and educationist, 1860; Sir John Charles Walsham Reith, first Baron Reith, first director-general of the BBC, 1889; Morris (Maurice) Leyland, cricketer, 1900. Deaths: Hugh O'Neill, second Earl of Tyrone, Irish nationalist, 1616; Sir Richard Wallace, founder of the Wallace Collection, 1890; Jean Ingelow, poet, 1897; Pope Leo XIII, 1903; Andrew Lang, scholar, author and fairy-tale editor, 1912; Guglielmo Marconi, inventor, 1937; Ambroise-Paul Toussaint-Jules Valery, poet and philosopher, 1945; King Abdullah of Jordan, assassinated 1951. On this day: Euston Station, London, opened, 1837; the XIth Olympic Games opened in Berlin, 1936; the Peace Conference began in Paris, 1946; in Indo-China, an armistice was signed under which Vietnam was divided into North and South, 1954; the musical show Stop the World - I Want to Get Off was first produced, London 1961; 10 soldiers were killed after IRA bombs exploded in Hyde Park and Regent's Park, London 1982. Today is the Feast Day of St Ansegisus, St Aurelius of Carthage, St Elias of Jerusalem, St Flavian of Antioch, St Gregory Lopez, St Joseph Barsabas the Just, St Margaret of Antioch, St Wilgefortis or Liberata, St Wulmar.

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