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.
- 1 Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Homer Simpson takes the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he does
- 4 Hello Kitty is not a cat after all
- 5 Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
Kensington flat branded ‘uninhabitable’ by estate agent on sale for a bargain £600,000
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
Hello Kitty is not a cat after all
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Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
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Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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