Births: John Passmore Edwards, newspaper proprietor and philanthropist, 1823; William Morris, socialist, artist, poet and typographer, 1834; Terrence Steven (Steve) McQueen, actor, 1930. Deaths: Queen Elizabeth I, 1603; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet, 1882; Jules Verne, novelist, 1905; John Millington Synge, playwright, 1909; Queen Mary, wife of King George V, 1953; Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, first Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, 1976; Ernest Howard Shepard, artist and illustrator (of Winnie the Pooh), 1976; Sam Jaffe, actor, 1984. On this day: after King James (James I of England, James VI of Scotland), ascended the throne of England, the English and Scottish crowns were united, 1603; the University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge ended in a dead heat, 1877; the national loaf was introduced into Britain, 1942; President Isabel Pern of Argentina was deposed after a bloodless military coup, 1976. Today is the Feast Day of St Aldemar, St Catharine of Vadstena, St Irenaeus of Sirmium, St Simon of Trent and St William of Norwich.
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