TODAY: Births: Dante (Durante) Alighieri, poet, 1265; Dame Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning), author, 1907; Joe Louis (Joseph Louis Barrow), boxer, 1914. Deaths: John Nash, architect, planner of Regent's Park and Regent Street, 1835; Frances Mary Hodgkins, painter, 1947; (Frank James) Gary Cooper, actor, 1961. On this day: the first permanent English settlement was made at Jamestown, Virginia, 1607; in Algeria, rioting by French settlers led to the French Army seizing power, 1958. Today is the Feast Day of St Andrew Hubert Fournet, St Erconwald, St Euthymius the Enlightener, St Glyceria of Heraclea, St John the Silent, St Mucius or Mocius, St Peter Regalatus, St Servatius or Servais and St Solomon.
TOMORROW: Births: Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre, 1553; Thomas Gainsborough, painter, baptised 1727. Deaths: August Strindberg, playwright, 1912; Henry John Heinz, food manufacturer, 1919; Sir Henry Rider Haggard, novelist, 1925; Jean Rhys (Williams), novelist, 1979. On this day: Edward Jenner was successful in his first public vaccination experiment, 1796; Israel was proclaimed an independent state, 1948. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Carthage the Younger, St Erembert, St Mary Mazzarello, St Matthias, St Michael Garicots and St Pontius of Cimiez.