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.
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- 2 Ben Affleck asked TV chiefs to hide slave-owning ancestry, new hacked Sony emails published by Wikileaks claim
- 3 Driving while dehydrated can be just as dangerous as drink driving, study suggests
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 One Direction: Louis Tomlinson launching his own record label, has already 'signed two acts'
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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