Wednesday 29 March 1995
Births: Johann Wilhelm Hssler, organist and composer, 1747; Emmerich Kastner, writer on music, 1847; Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, architect, 1869; Dora de Houghton Carrington, artist, 1893; Sir William Turner Walton, composer, 1902. Deaths: Charles Wesley, hymn-writer, 1788; Gustavus III, King of Sweden, after being shot by an assassin on 16 March 1792; Jean, Marquis de Condorcet, philosopher and politician, 1794; John Keble, theologian, 1866; Georges-Pierre Seurat, Impressionist painter, 1891; Robert Falcon Scott, Arctic explorer, 1912; Vera Mary Brittain, author, 1970; Joseph Arthur, first Baron Rank, cinema magnate, 1972; Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, musician, 1980. On this day: Henry VI of Lancaster was defeated at the Battle of Towton, 1461; the Punjab was annexed by Britain, 1849; the Ionian Islands were ceded to Greece by Britain, 1864; the Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria, 1871; Horse and Hound was first published, 1884; Richmond Park, near London, was opened to the public, 1904; the last flying bomb fell in England, 1945; Lt William Calley was found guilty of murdering 22 civilians at My Lai, Vietnam, 1971; the last US troops left Vietnam, 1973. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Armogastes, Masculas, Achinimus and Saturus, St Berthold, St Cyril of Heliopolis, St Gundleus or Woolo, St Gwladys, Saints Jonas, Barachisius and Others, St Mark of Arethusa and St Rupert of Salzburg.
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