TODAY: Births: Catherine of Aragon, first queen of Henry VIII, 1485; Jane Austen, novelist, 1775; Sir Noel Pierce Coward, playwright, actor and composer, 1889. Deaths: Wilhelm Grimm, philologist and folklorist, 1859; Charles-Camille Saint-Saens, composer, 1921; Alton Glenn Miller, dance band leader, lost on an air flight, 1944; William Somerset Maugham, novelist, 1965. On this day: Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector, 1653; the "Boston Tea Party" took place, 1773; the Manchester Ship Canal was completed, 1893; the first production of the musical Me and My Girl took place in London, 1937. Today is the Feast Day of St Adelaide, St Ado, St Albina, Saints Ananiah, Azariah & Mishael (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) and St Irenion.
TOMORROW: Births: Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, baptised 1770; Sir Humphry Davy, chemist and inventor, 1778; Ford Madox Ford (Ford Hermann Hueffer), novelist, 1873; Erskine Preston Caldwell, novelist, 1903. Deaths: Simon Bolivar, South American patriot, 1830; Kaspar Hauser, the foundling "wild boy" of Nuremberg, 1833; Louis-Marie Alphonse Daudet, novelist, 1897; Dana Andrews (Carver Daniel Andrews), actor, 1992. On this day: Drake's ship The Pelican (afterwards called The Golden Hind) sailed out of Plymouth on a round-the-world voyage, 1577; the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, opened, 1888; the first radio message was sent across the Atlantic, 1902; the Wright brothers made their first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 1903. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Begga, St Lazarus, St Olympias, St Sturmi and St Wivina.Reuse content