Anniversaries: 9th February 1996

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Births: Mrs Patrick Campbell (nee Beatrice Stella Tanner), actress, 1865; Brendan Behan, playwright, 1923. Deaths: Nevil Maskelyne, astronomer royal, 1811; Bill Haley, rock musician, 1981. On this day: Rome was proclaimed a Republic under Giuseppe Mazzini, 1849; soap rationing began in Britain, 1942; the first trial flight of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet took place, 1969. Today is the Feast Day of St Alto, St Ansbert, St Apollonia, St Nicephorus of Antioch, St Sabinus of Canosa and St Teilo.