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Anniversaries

Births: James Parkinson, physician and palaeontologist, discoverer of Parkinson's Disease, 1755; George Canning, statesman, 1770; Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, soldier and orientalist, 1810; Sir Charles Hall (Carl Halle), pianist and conductor, 1819; Ferdinand Lassalle, socialist, 1825. Deaths: Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, Prince of Wales, 1240; Sir Thomas Wyatt, conspirator, executed, 1554; James Anthony Bailey, circus proprietor, 1906; Luther Burbank, horticulturalist, 1926; Erskine Caldwell, novelist, 1987. On this day: Sir Thomas Fairfax was victorious at the Battle of Selby during the English Civil War, 1644; William III and Mary II were crowned joint monarchs, 1689; Uganda was declared a British Protectorate, 1894; George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion opened in London, 1914; a heavy "blitz" air raid was made over Coventry by German aircraft, 1941. Today is the Feast Day of St Barsanuphius, St Gemma Galgani, St Godeberta, St Guthlac, St Isaac of Spoleto and St Stanislaus of Cracow.

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