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TODAY: Births: Georges-Jacques Danton, French revolutionary leader, 1759; Joseph Aloysius Hansom, architect and inventor of the safety cab, 1803. Deaths: Alfred the Great, King of England, 899; William Hogarth, artist and engraver, 1764; Alma Cogan, singer, 1966. On this day: the English Football Association was formed, 1863; the Gunfight at the OK Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona, 1881; the Territorial Army was founded, 1907. Today is the Feast Day of St Bean, St Cedd, St Eata, Saints Lucian and Marcian and St Rusticus of Narbonne.

TOMORROW: Births: Desiderius Erasmus (Gerhard Gerhards), scholar and humanist, 1466; Captain James Cook, naval officer and explorer, 1728; Niccolo Paganini, violinist and composer, 1782; Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US president, 1858; Enid Bagnold, novelist, 1889; Dylan Marlais Thomas, poet, 1914; Sylvia Plath, poet, 1932. Deaths: Lascelles Abercrombie, writer and critic, 1938; James Mallahan Cain, novelist, 1977. On this day: the Cavaliers eluded the Roundheads in the Battle of Newbury, 1644; the United States Navy was established, 1775; the New York Subway was opened, 1904. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Frumentius of Ethiopia and St Otteran or Odhran of Iona.