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Anniversaries: 7th SEPTEMBER


Births: Queen Elizabeth I, 1533; Thomas Coutts, banker, 1735; Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, statesman, 1836; Anna Mary ("Grandma") Moses, primitive painter, 1860; Dame Edith Sitwell, writer, 1887; Sir John Anthony Quayle, actor, 1913; Gp-Capt Lord Cheshire OM VC, 1917; Peter Lawford, actor, 1923; Charles Hardin ("Buddy") Holly, rock singer, 1936. Deaths: Catherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII, 1548; Rene-Francois-Armand Sully Prudhomme, poet, 1907; William Holman Hunt, pre-Raphaelite painter, 1910; Gertrude Lawrence (Alexandra Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen), actress, 1952. On this day: the Genoese defeated the Venetians at the naval Battle of Curzola, 1298; the first known reference to "Uncle Sam" appeared in an editorial in the Troy Post (in New York), 1813; Grace Horsley Darling and William, her father, rescued the crew of the Forfarshire steamship at the Farne Islands, 1838. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Alcmund and Tilbert, St Anastasius the Fuller, St Cloud or Clodoald, St Grimonia, St John of Nicomedia, St Regina or Reine of Alise and St Sozon.