Thursday 13 April 1995
Deaths: Boris Feodorovich Godunov, Russian Tsar, 1605; Jean de La Fontaine, poet and fabulist, 1695; Richard Garnett, librarian, 1906; Sir William Quiller Orchardson, painter, 1910; James Buchanan Brady ("Diamond Jim"), financier, 1917; Abdul Salam Arif, President of Iraq, killed in a helicopter crash 1966; Travers Christmas Humphreys, judge, 1983.
On this day: the Edict of Nantes, giving Huguenots equal rights with Catholics, was issued by Henry IV of France, 1598; the Royal Military Academy was established at Woolwich, 1741; Handel's Messiah was first performed, Dublin 1742; Warren Hastings was appointed governor of Bengal, 1772; the Catholic Emancipation Act was passed in Britain, 1829; the Anti- Semitic League was founded in Prussia, 1882; the Royal Flying Corps was constituted by Royal Warrant, 1912; the Amritsar Massacre occurred, 1919; the first London production of Funny Girl was presented, 1966; fighting broke out in Beirut, Lebanon, between Moslems and Christians, 1975.
Today is Maundy Thursday and the Feast Day of Saints Agathonice, Carpus, and Papylus, St Guinoch, St Hermenegild, St Martin I, pope and St Martius or Mars.
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- 2 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 4 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
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Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
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Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
Greece debt crisis: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande issue Athens with 24-hour ultimatum to avoid crashing out of the euro
Greece crisis: Referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its lack of genuine legitimacy
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