Anniversaries: 16th January 1996

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Births: Francois-Joseph Talma, actor-manager, 1763; Andre Michelin, tyre maker, 1853; Ethel Merman (Zimmerman), singer and actress, 1909. Deaths: Edmund Spenser, poet, 1599; Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters), actress, killed in an air crash, 1942; Arturo Toscanini, conductor, 1957. On this day: Ivan the Terrible, the first Russian Tsar, was crowned, 1547; the British expedition led by Ernest Shackleton reached the South Magnetic Pole, 1909; the Gulf war started, 1991. Today is the Feast Day of St Berard and Others, St Fursey, St Henry of Cocket, St Honoratus of Arles, St Marcellus I, pope and St Priscilla.