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Anniversaries

Births: Charles I, King of England and Scotland, 1600; Vicomte Ferdinand de Lesseps, engineer and promoter of the Suez Canal, 1805; Tommy Dorsey, trombonist and bandleader, 1905; Indira Gandhi, stateswoman, 1917. Deaths: Nicolas Poussin, painter, 1665; Thomas Shadwell, poet and playwright, 1692; Franz Peter Schubert, composer, 1828; Sir William (Karl Wilhelm) Siemens, metallurgist, 1883; Elizabeth Taylor, novelist, 1975. On this day: Pope Paul III issued a Bull to summon the Council of Trent, 1544; Blackfriars Bridge across the Thames was opened for carriages, 1769; President Lincoln delivered his speech at Gettysburg, 1863; the Versailles Peace Treaty was rejected by the US Senate, 1919; the first general conference of Unesco was held in Paris, 1946; the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth II made her first voyage, 1968; in Paris, the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces was signed between Nato and members of the Warsaw Pact, thus ending the ``Cold War'', 1990. Today is the Feast Day of St Barlaam of Antioch, St Ermenburga and St Nerses I.

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