Births: Sir James Matthew Barrie, novelist and playwright, 1860; Howard Carter, painter and Egyptologist, 1873. Deaths: William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, 1657; Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, poet and playwright, 1805. On this day: Victoria Embankment, London, was opened, 1874; Britain's first launderette opened in Queensway, London, 1949. Today is the Feast Day of St Beatus of Lungern, St Beatus of Vendme, St Gerontius of Cervia and St Pachomius.
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