Anniversaries: New Year's Day
Thursday 31 December 1992
Died this day: William Wycherley, playwright, 1716; James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender, 1766; Johann Christian Bach, composer, 1782; Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, architect, 1944; Maurice Chevalier, actor, 1972; Lord David Cecil, author, 1986; L. Ron Hubbard, science-fiction writer and propounder of Scientology, 1986.
On this day: Charles II was crowned King of Scots at Scone, 1651; the importation of slaves into the US was forbidden, 1808; Britain proclaimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, 1833; Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India, 1877; the Commonwealth of Australia was set up, 1901; in Britain, people of 70 and over became eligible for old age pensions, 1909; the British Board of Film Censors was given powers to operate, 1913; the first scheduled passenger airline began operating at St Petersburg, Florida, 1914; coal mines in Britain were nationalised, 1947; British railways were nationalised, 1948; the European Economic Community came into being, 1958; Great Britain, the Irish Republic and Denmark joined the EEC, 1973.
New Year's Day is the Feast Day of St Almachius or Telemachus, St Clarus, St Concordius of Spoleto, St Eugendus or Oyend, St Euphrosyne, St Felix of Bourges, St Fulgentius of Ruspe, St Mochua or Cuan, St Odilo, St Peter of Atroa and St William of Saint Benignus.
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- 3 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 4 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 5 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
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