Friday 14 May 1993
Deaths: Louis XIII, King of France, 1643; August Strindberg, playwright, 1912; James Gordon Bennett, newspaper proprietor, 1918; Henry John Heinz, food manufacturer, 1919; Sir Henry Rider Haggard, novelist, 1925; Sir William Dobell, painter, 1970; Jean Rhys (Williams), novelist, 1979.
On this day: the English barons were victorious against Henry III at the Battle of Lewes, 1264; Louis XIV became king of France at the age of four, 1643; Edward Jenner was successful in his first public vaccination experiment, 1796; Paraguay proclaimed her independence, 1811; the Illustrated London News was first issued, 1842; the trial of William Palmer, doctor and poisoner, began, 1856; in Germany, Nazis and Communists won many seats in the Reichstag, 1924; the centre of Rotterdam was destroyed by German bombing, 1940; in Palestine, the British mandate ended and Israel was proclaimed an independent state, 1948; the Warsaw Pact was signed, by the USSR, Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and East Germany, 1955; the Skylab space station was launched from Cape Kennedy, 1973.
Today is the Feast Day of St Carthage the Younger, St Erembert, St Mary Mazzarello, St Matthias, St Michael Garicoits and St Pontius of Cimiez.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
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