Anniversaries: 28th february 1996
Wednesday 28 February 1996
Births: Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, essayist, 1533; Sir John Tenniel, artist and illustrator, 1820; Vicente Minnelli, film director, 1913. Deaths: Francisco de Zurbaran, painter, 1664; Henry James, novelist, 1916; Ruby Ethel Keeler, actress, singer and dancer, 1993. On this day: John Wesley signed the "deed of declaration" of the Wesleyan faith, 1784; the last British troops left India, 1948; the first London production of the musical show Cabaret was presented, 1968. Today is the Feast Day of The Martyrs of the Plague at Alexandria, St Hilarus, pope, St Lupicinus, St Oswald of Worcester, St Proterius and St Romanus.
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