Anniversaries

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Anniversaries

Births: Sir Thomas Bodley, diplomat and bibliophile, founder of the Bodleian Library, 1545; Bedrich Smetana, composer, 1824; Geoffrey Edward Harvey Grigson, poet and critic, 1905. Deaths: John Wesley, founder of Methodism, 1791; Horace Walpole, fourth Earl of Orford, novelist and historian, 1797; Nicholas I, Tsar of Russia, 1855; David Herbert Lawrence, novelist, 1930. On this day: the French prototype Concorde made its first test flight, 1969; Rhodesia was proclaimed a republic, 1970. Today is the Feast Day of St Chad or Caedda, St Joavan of Brittany and The Martyrs under the Lombards.

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