Anniversaries

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Anniversaries

Births: John Cowper Powys, novelist, 1872; Sir Alfred John Munnings, artist, 1878; Juan Pern, president of Argentina, 1895; Rouben Mamoulian, film director, 1898. Deaths: Henry Fielding, novelist, 1754; Pierre Fournier, typographer and engraver, 1768; Count Vittorio Alfieri, poet, 1803; Kathleen Mary Ferrier, contralto, 1953; Clement Richard Attlee, first Earl Attlee, statesman, 1967; Willy Brandt (Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm), former West German Chancellor, 1992. On this day: the final consecration of St Mark's, Venice, took place, 1085; King's College London, was opened, 1831; 300,000 people died in China during a great typhoon, 1881; the Battle of Loos ended, 1915; Britain's tallest building, the Post Office Tower, opened, 1965; Britain's first legal commercial radio station, LBC (London Broadcasting Company), started transmitting, 1973. Today is the Feast Day of St Demetrius, St Simeon Senex, St Keyne, St Marcellus, St Pelagia (or Margaret) the Penitent, St Reparata of Caesarea, and St Thais.

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