Monday 21 August 1995
Births: William IV, King of England, 1765; Jules Michelet, historian, 1798; Auguste Bournonville, dancer and choreographer, 1805; Gustave-Adolphe Hirn, physicist and meteorologist, 1815; William''Count'' Basie, jazz pianist and bandleader, 1904, Arnold Abraham ''Aby'' Goodman, Baron Goodman, lawyer, 1913. Deaths: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, traveller and author, 1762; Sir Aston Webb, architect, 1930; Leonard Constant Lambert, composer, 1951; Sir Jacob Epstein, sculptor, 1959; Norman Shelley, actor, 1980; Benigno Aquino, Philippine politician, assassinated 1983. On this day: Wellington defeated the French forces under General Junot at the Battle of Vimiero, 1808; the Mona Lisa painting was stolen from the Louvre, 1911; the London dock strike ended, 1923; Hawaii became the 50th of the United States, 1959; it was announced in the Soviet Union that a coup had failed and that President Gorbachev had been reinstated, 1991. Today is the Feast Day of St Abraham of Smolensk, Saints Bonosus and Maximian, Saints Luxorius, Cisellus and Camerinus, St Pius X, pope and St Sidonius Apollinaris.
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