Anniversaries: 18th January 1996

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Births: Peter Mark Roget, lexicographer, 1779; Alan Alexander Milne, author, 1882; Arthur Mitchell Ransome, critic and writer, 1884; Oliver Norvell Hardy, comedian, 1892; Cary Grant (Archibald Alexander Leach), actor, 1904. Deaths: Joseph Rudyard Kipling, author, 1936; Sydney Greenstreet, actor, 1954; Hugh Todd Naylor Gaitskell, statesman, 1963; Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, designer and photographer, 1980. On this day: Henry VII of Lancaster and Elizabeth of York were married, 1486; the German Reich was proclaimed in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, 1871. Today is the Feast Day of St Peter's Chair, Rome, St Desle or Deicolus, St Prisca or Priscilla and St Volusian.