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TODAY: Births: Henry Fielding, novelist, 1707; Immanuel Kant, philosopher, 1724; Lenin (Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov), Communist leader, 1870; Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, composer, 1891. Deaths: John Tradescant, gardener, 1662; Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, statesman, 1908; Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th US President, 1994. On this day: the Royal Society was incorporated, 1662; Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into Falmouth after a 312-day non-stop voyage, 1969. Today is the Feast Day of St Agipatus I, pope, Saints Epipodius and Alexander, St Leonides of Alexandria, St Opportuna and St Theodore of Sykeon.

TOMORROW: Births: William Shakespeare, playwright and poet, 1564; Joseph Mallord William Turner, painter, 1775; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, author and lepidopterist, 1899. Deaths: William Shakespeare, playwright and poet, 1616; William Wordsworth, poet, 1850; Rupert Chawner Brooke, poet, 1915. On this day: the Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III, 1349; in the Soviet Union, the republics were granted the right to secede under certain conditions, 1991. Tomorrow is St George's Day and the Feast Day of St Adalbert of Prague, Saints Felix, Fortunatus and Achilleus, St George the Martyr, St Gerard of Toul and St Ibar. Tomorrow is also Easter Day in the Orthodox Church.