Anniversaries

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Anniversaries

Births: John Henry Newman, Cardinal, 1801; Wystan Hugh Auden, poet, 1907; Douglas Bader, fighter pilot, 1910. Deaths: Baruch Spinoza, philosopher, 1677; Jethro Tull, agricultural writer, 1741; Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey, pathologist, 1968. On this day: the New Statesman was founded, 1931; identity cards were abolished in Britain, 1952. Today is the Feast Day of St George of Amastris, St Germanus of Granfel, St Peter Damian, St Robert Southwell and St Severian of Scythopolis.

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