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.
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
4Chan naked photos leak: Celebrity Twitter reactions to the mass breach of privacy
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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