Anniversaries: 5th February 1996


Births: Sir Robert Peel, statesman, 1788; John Boyd Dunlop, inventor of the pneumatic tyre, 1840. Deaths: Thomas Carlyle, author and historian, 1881; Marianne Craig Moore, poet, 1972; Emeric Pressburger, film producer, 1988; Joseph Leo Mankiewicz, film director and author, 1993. On this day: Rossini's The Barber of Seville was first performed, Rome 1816. Today is the Feast Day of St Adelaide of Bellich, St Agatha, St Avitus of Vienne, St Bertulph or Bertoul of Renty, Saints Indractus and Dominica and St Vodalus or Voel.