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Anniversaries

Births: Andrea del Sarto (Andrea Domenico d'Agnolo di Francesco), painter, 1486; Sir Joshua Reynolds, painter, 1723; Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, 1821; Roald Amundsen, Polar explorer, 1872; Ginger Rogers (Virginia Katherine McMath), actress and dancer, 1911. Deaths: Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, 1557; Josiah Spode, potter, 1827; Edmond-Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt, novelist, 1896; Joseph Hilaire Belloc, author, 1953. On this day: the Muslim Era began when Muhammad began his flight from Mecca to Medina (The Hejira), 622; the Tsar of Russia (Nicholas II) and all his family were murdered by Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg, 1918; the world's first parking meters were installed, in Oklahoma City, 1935; the first atomic test bomb was exploded at Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1945; the Bill to abolish the Greater London Council received Royal Assent, 1985. Today is the Feast Day of St Athenogenes, St Eustathius of Antioch, St Fulrad, St Helier, St Mary Magdalen Postel, St Reineldis

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