Today is the Feast Day of St Celestine I, pope, St Eutychius of Constantinople, St Marcellinus of Carthage, St Prudentius of Troyes and St William of Eskilsoe.
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Births: Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, playwright and poet, 1671; Harry Houdini (Erich Weiss), stage magician and escapist, 1874; Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker, aircraft designer, 1890; Leo Robin, lyricist and writer of Thanks for the Memory, 1900; Sir John Betjeman, poet, 1906. Deaths: Richard I (Coeur de Lion), King of England, killed in battle 1199; Albrecht Drer, artist, 1528; John Stow, historian and antiquary, 1605; Giovanni Pascoli, poet, 1912; Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, composer, 1971; Isaac Asimov, biochemist and science fiction author, 1992. On this day: St Paul's Cathedral and other churches were badly damaged following an earthquake tremor in London, 1580; George Washington was elected as first president of the US, 1789; the Mormon Church was organised by Joseph Smith at Fayette, New York 1830; the first modern Olympic Games were inaugurated at Athens, 1896; Sir Anthony Eden became prime minister, 1955.