Friday 12 May 1995
Births: Emma (Lyon), Lady Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, 1765; Edward Lear, artist, humorist and versifier, 1812; Florence Nightingale, nurse, 1820; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet and pre-Raphaelite painter, 1828; Leslie Charteris (Leslie Charles Bowyer Yin), novelist and creator of "The Saint", 1907. Deaths: Daniel-Franois Esprit Auber, composer, 1871; Bedrich Smetana, composer, 1884; John Edward Masefield, poet, 1967; Erich von Stroheim (Erich Oswald Stroheim), actor and director, 1957; John Smith QC MP, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, 1994. On this day: Horatio Bottomley began publishing John Bull, 1906; the General Strike in Britain collapsed, 1926; Captain Edmund Amundsen crossed the North Pole in the airship Norge, 1926; the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth took place, 1937; in Britain, voting age was reduced from 21 to 18, 1969. Today is the Feast Day of St Dominic of the Causeway, St Epiphanius of Salamis, St Ethelhard, St Germanus of Constantinople, St John Stone, St Modoaldus, Saints Nereus and Achilleus, St Pancras of Rome and St Rictrudis.
- 1 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
- 5 Cocaine and cannabis haul hidden in Vatican car seized by French police
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Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
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