Anniversaries 15th January 1996

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Births: Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), playwright, baptised 1622; Aristotle Onassis, shipowner, 1906; Martin Luther King, black civil rights leader, 1929. Deaths: Emma, Lady Hamilton (Lyon), mistress to Lord Nelson, 1815; Daisy (Margaret Mary Julia) Ashford (Mrs James Devlin), author of The Young Visiters, 1972. On this day: the British Museum opened, 1759; women were first able to take degrees at London University, 1878. Today is the Feast Day of St Bonitus or Bonet, St Ceolwulf, St Isidore of Alexandria, St Ita, St John Calybites and St Macarius the Elder.