Wednesday 10 May 1995
Deaths: Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus the Thracian, Roman emperor, murdered 238; Leonhard Fuchs, physician and botanist, 1566; Jean de La Bruyre, essayist and moralist, 1696; Louis XV, King of France, 1774; George Vancouver, navigator, 1798; Paul Revere, goldsmith and American hero, 1818; Thomas Young, physicist and decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphics, 1829; Katsushuka Hokusai, artist, 1849; Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, Confederate general, 1863; Sir John Goss, composer and organist, 1880; Sir Henry Morton Stanley, explorer, 1904; John Wesley Hyatt, inventor and pioneer of plastics, 1920; Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay Le Sueur), actress, 1977; John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton ("Beachcomber"), writer, 1979.
On this day; Jamaica was captured by the English, 1655; Louis XVI acceded to the throne of France, 1774; Fort Ticonderoga was captured during the American War of Independence, 1775; Warren Hastings was impeached in Parliament by Edmund Burke, 1787; the Austrians were defeated by Napoleon's army at the Battle of Lodi Bridge, 1796; the Indian Mutiny began, 1857; during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis, Confederate president, was taken prisoner at Irwinsville, Georgia, 1865; the first US transcontinental railway was completed when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways linked up, 1869; the Imperial Institute, London, was opened, 1893; Mother's Day was first celebrated, Philadelphia 1908; nearly a hundred bombs were dropped on Southend-on-Sea by a Zeppelin, 1915; in order to block the harbour at Ostend, HMS Vindictive was sunk across the entrance, 1918; a strike of busmen in London began, 1937; Germany invaded the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium, starting the Battle of Flanders, 1940; Winston Churchill began his office as Prime Minister, 1940; the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV), later called the Home Guard, was formed, 1940; the House of Commons was destroyed during the heaviest air raid on London, 1941; during the blitz, the Holborn Empire theatre in London was damaged and closed, 1941; Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, flew to Scotland and made a parachute landing near Glasgow, 1941; peace talks on Vietnam began in Paris, 1968.
Today is the Feast Day of St Alphius, St Antoninus of Florence, St Calepodius, St Cataldus or Cathal, St Conleth or Conlaed, St Epimarchus, St Gordian, St John of Avila and St Solange.
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Doctors remove 80 teeth from boy's jaw
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
Syrian teenager Usaid Barho reveals how he escaped from Isis using a suicide vest
Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg
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