Anniversaries: 9th & 10th SEPTEMBER


TODAY: Births: Armand-Jean-du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal and statesman, 1585; William Bligh, captain of the Bounty, 1754. Deaths: William I, King (the Conqueror), 1087; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter, 1901. On this day: the English defeated the Scots at the Battle of Flodden Field, 1513; local government in Britain was constituted under the British Municipal Corporations Act, 1835. Today is the Feast Day of St Bettelin, St Ciaran or Kieran of Clonmacnois, St Gorgonius, St Isaac or Sahak the Great, St Joseph of Volokolamsk, St Omer or Audomarus and St Peter Claver.

TOMORROW: Births: Sir John Soane, architect, 1753; Cyril Vernon Connolly, author, journalist and critic, 1903. Deaths: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, feminist, 1797; Charles Cruft, founder of Cruft's dog show, 1938. On this day: the first motorway (autobahn) was completed in Germany, 1921; the people of Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to stay under British rule, 1967. Today is the Feast Day of St Ambrose Barlow, St Aubert of Avranches, St Finnian of Moville, Saints Menodora, Metrodora and Nymphodora, St Nemesian, St Nicholas of Tolentino, St Pulcheria, St Salvius or Salvy of Albi and St Theodard of Maestricht.