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 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Black Friday 2014: Opening hours for John Lewis, Asda, PC World, GAME and Argos
- 4 Bill Cosby: Isn’t it obvious why his accusers have stayed silent up until now?
- 5 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Sarah Vine on Jack Monroe being a lesbian mother: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'
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Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
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Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
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