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TODAY: Births: John Clare, poet, 1793; Kenneth MacKenzie Clark, first Baron Clark, art historian, 1903. Deaths: Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, 1712; Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionary leader, murdered 1793. On this day: Christ Church, Oxford, was founded by Cardinal Wolsey, 1525; Queen Victoria went to live in Buckingham Palace, 1837; the British steel industry was privatised, 1953; a rock concert organised by Bob Geldof raised over pounds 42m for famine relief, 1985. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Bridget and Maura, St Eugenius of Carthage, St Francis Solano, St Henry the Emperor, St Mildred, St Silas or Silvanus.

TOMORROW: Births: Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragist, 1858; Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, traveller and archaeologist, 1868. Deaths: Mme de Stael, writer, 1817; Adlai Ewing Stevenson, statesman, 1965; On this day: the first ascent of the Matterhorn was made, 1865; dynamite was first demonstrated, 1867. Tomorrow is Bastille Day (Fete Nationale) in France and the Feast Day of St Camillus de Lellis, St Deusdedit of Canterbury, St Marcellinus or Marchelm, St Ulric of Zell.