Anniversaries: 22nd November 1995

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Births: Thomas Cook, travel agent, 1808; George Eliot, novelist, 1819; George Robert Gissing, novelist, 1857; Cecil James Sharp, founder of the English Folk Dance Society, 1859; Wassily Kandinsky, painter, 1866; Andre- Paul Guillaume Gide, author, 1969; General Charles- Andre Marie-Joseph de Gaulle, French president, 1890; Howard Hoagland (''Hoagy'') Carmichael, songwriter, 1899; Edward Benjamin Britten, composer, 1913. Deaths: Clive Staples Lewis, author, 1963; Aldous Leonard Huxley, 1963; John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th US President, assassinated 1963; Anthony Burgess (John Anthony Burgess Wilson), writer and composer, 1993. On this day: Juan Carlos of Bourbon was sworn in as King of Spain, 1975; Mrs Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister, 1990. Today is the Feast Day of St Cecilia or Cecily and Saints Philemon and Apphia.