Anniversaries

Anniversaries

Births: Johannes Agricola (Schneider), Lutheran reformer, 1494; Napolon III (Charles-Louis-Napolon Bonaparte), Emperor of France, 1808; Odilon Redon, painter and lithographer, 1840; Adolf Hitler, dictator, 1889; Harold Lloyd, comedian, 1893; Joan Mir, abstract painter, 1893; Sir Donald Wolfit, actor-manager, 1902. Deaths: Antonio (Canale) Canaletto, painter, 1768; Pontiac, Ottawa Indian chief, 1769; Abraham (Bram) Stoker, theatre manager, and author of Dracula, 1912; Briton Rivire, artist, 1920; Cecil Parker (Schwabe), actor, 1971. On this day: Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Long Parliament, 1653; the Siege of Londonderry began when the city was attacked by the supporters of King James II, 1689; Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia, 1770; the play Hedda Gabler, by Hendrik Ibsen, was first produced in England at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1891; Soviet troops entered Berlin, 1945; Pierre Trudeau became prime minister of Canada, 1968; President Nixon announced that 150,000 troops would be withdrawn from Vietnam, 1970. Today is the Feast Day of St Agnes of Montepulciano, St Caedwalla, St Hildegund, St Marcellinus of Embrun, St Marcian or Marian of Auxerre and St Peter of Verona.

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