Anniversaries

Anniversaries

Births: Dame Nellie Melba (nee Helen Porter Mitchell), singer, 1861; Viscountess Astor (Nancy Witcher), politician, 1879; Ho Chi-Minh, Vietnamese leader, 1890. Deaths: Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, executed 1536; Thomas Edward Lawrence, archaeologist, soldier and author, accidentally killed 1935; Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, 1984. On this day: the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon, 1588; the Legion d'Honneur was instituted by Napoleon, 1802; the Simplon Tunnel was officially opened, 1906. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Calocerus and Parthenius, St Crispin of Viterbo, St Dunstan, St Ivo of Kermartin, St Peter Morrone and St Pudens.

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