Saturday 25 March 1995
TODAY: Births: Anne Bront, novelist ("Acton Bell"), 1820; Arturo Toscanini, conductor, 1867; Bla Bartk, composer, 1881. Deaths: Nicholas Hawksmoor, architect, 1836; Achille-Claude Debussy, composer, 1918; Alan John Percivale Taylor, historian, 1990. On this day: the British parliament abolished the slave trade, 1807; the Italians invaded Abyssinia, 1895; Hamlet became the first British film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, 1949; the European Community was established, 1957. Today is Lady Day (Feast of the Annunciation) and the Feast Day of St Alfwold, St Barontius, St Dismas, the Good Thief, St Hermenland, St Lucy Filippini and St Margaret Clitherow.
TOMORROW: Births: Alfred Edward Housman, poet, 1859; "Chico" Leonard Marx, comedian, 1887. Deaths: Sir John Vanbrugh, playwright and architect, 1726; Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, 1827; Cecil John Rhodes, statesman, 1902; Sarah Bernhardt, actress, 1923; David Lloyd George, first Earl Lloyd- George of Dwyfor, statesman, 1945; Sir Nol Peirce Coward, playwright, 1973. On this day: driving tests were introduced in Britain, 1934; women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time, 1973. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Basil the Younger, St Braulio, St Castulus of Rome, St Felix of Trier, St Ludger and St Macartan.
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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