Friday 26 May 1995
Deaths: St Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 604; Samuel Pepys, diarist, 1703; Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant, painter, 1902; Ernest Solvay, industrial chemist, 1922; Charles Horace Mayo, surgeon, 1922; Lincoln Ellsworth, polar explorer, 1951; Wilbur Daniel Steele, short-story writer, 1970; Jacques Lipchitz, sculptor and poet, 1973; George Brent (George Brendan Nolan), actor, 1979.
On this day: Napoleon Buonaparte was crowned King of Italy, 1805; the wild boy Kaspar Hauser was discovered in the market-place of Nuremberg, 1828; the Confederate Army surrendered in Texas, so ending the American Civil War, 1865; Michael Barrett, Fenian terrorist, was hanged for causing an explosion and 13 deaths; Britain's last public execution, 1868; Mount Etna in Sicily started a series of violent eruptions, 1870; Vauxhall Bridge, London, was opened, 1906; Emily Duncan, the first woman magistrate in Britain, was appointed a Justice of the Peace, 1913; in South Africa, a Nationalist government was elected with apartheid policies, 1948; an Icelandic gunboat shelled and holed a British trawler, 1973.
Today is the Feast Day of St Dyfan, St Lambert of Venice, St Mariana of Quito, St Philip Neri, St Priscus or Prix of Auxerre and St Quadratus of Athens.
Times are so tough in Italy that Mafiosi are considering getting jobs
The man they forgot to lock up: Mike Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in jail, but the police never came
Unbeliebable: The White House offers 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
South Korea ferry disaster: Families watch as remains of Sewol victims returned to shore
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
- 1 Disabled people are trapped in assessment 'nightmare' by PIP benefits regime, says Dr Stephen Duckworth
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 David Bailey captures another side of the Queen in birthday portrait
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
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