Births: William Blake, poet and painter, 1757; Friedrich Engels, socialist, 1820; Nancy Mitford, novelist and biographer, 1904. Deaths: Edward Plantagenet, 18th Earl of Warwick, beheaded 1499; Matsuo Basho, poet, 1694; Enid Mary Blyton, author, 1968. On this day: the Royal Society was founded, 1660; London University was granted its charter, 1836; Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin by Arthur Griffith, 1905. Today is the Feast Day of St Catherine Laboure, St James of the March, St Joseph Pignatelli, St Simeon Metaphrastes and St Stephen the Younger.
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