Birthdays

Birthdays

TODAY: The Duke of Gloucester, 51; Mr H.W. "Bunny" Austin, former tennis player, 89; Sir Kenneth Barnes, former senior civil servant, 73; The Right Rev Alan Chesters, Bishop of Blackburn, 58; Mrs Joan Clanchy, Headmistress, North London Collegiate School, 56; Mr Howard Clark, golfer, 41; Mr Gordon Clough, radio presenter, 61; Mr Michael Cockerell, television reporter, 55; Mr Richard Dales, High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, 53; Mr Peter Fowler, High Commissioner to Bangladesh, 59; Mr Stuart Graham, former chairman, International Commodities Clearing House, 74; Mr Tim Maby, radio news reporter and presenter, 48; Sir Ian McGregor, tropical medicine authority, 73; Mr David Martin, MEP, 41; Mr Malcolm Pyrah, show jumper, 54; Mr Graham Riddick MP, 40; Miss Alison Steadman, actress, 49; Mr Dennis Turner MP, 53; General Sir Harry Tuzo, former deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, 78; Professor John Varey, former principal, Westfield College, 73; The Right Rev Maurice Wood, former Bishop of Norwich, 79; Mr Steve Wright, disc jockey, 41.

TOMORROW: Mr Jacques Arnold MP, 48; Mr Gerhard Berger, motor racing driver, 36; Sir Donald Bradman, cricketer, 87; Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, 67; Sir Hugh Byatt, former diplomat, 68; Sir Stewart Crawford, former diplomat, 82; Lord Dormand of Easington, former government minister, 76; Miss Sian Edwards, conductor and music director, English National Opera, 36; The Earl of Eglinton and Winton, former managing director, and deputy chairman, Gerrard & National Holdings, 56; Lady Antonia Fraser, author, 63; Mr David Hart, trade union leader, 55; Mr Michael Holroyd, author, 60; Mr Bernhard Langer, golfer, 38; Mr John Lloyd, tennis player, 41; Mr Andrew MacKay MP, a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, 46; Mr James Molyneaux MP, 75; Sir Mark Potter, High Court judge, 58; Viscount Rothermere, newspaper proprietor, 70; The Right Rev Richard Rutt, former Bishop of Leicester, 70; Mother Teresa, missionary, 85; Mr Jack Thompson MP, 67; Mr Andy Turnell, jockey, 47; Mr Robin Waterfield, bookseller and publisher, 81; Lt-Gen Sir John Watts, former chief of Defence Staff, Omani Armed Forces, 65; Mr Edmund Weiner, lexicographer, 46.

Anniversaries

TODAY: Births: Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford, statesman, 1676; Joseph- Michel Montgolfier, balloonist, 1740; Prince Albert, Consort to Queen Victoria, 1819; John Buchan, first Baron Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada and novelist, 1875; Guillaume Apollinaire (Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitsky), poet, 1880; Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood, novelist, 1904. Deaths: Frans Hals, painter, 1666; Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, naturalist and microscopist, 1723; Thomas Cooke, miser, 1811; Louis-Philippe, "Citizen King" of France, 1850; Hermann Goldschmidt, painter and astronomer, 1866; Lon (Alonso) Chaney, actor, 1930; Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, 1958; Sir Francis Charles Chichester, aviator and yachtsman, 1972; Charles Augustus Lindbergh, pioneer aviator, 1974; Charles Boyer, actor, 1978. On this day: Julius Caesar landed in Britain, 55 BC; Frederick the Great repelled the Russian invading army at the indecisive Battle of Zorndorf, 1758; Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah was first performed, Birmingham Festival, 1846; Krakatoa, the island volcano, began erupting, killing over 36,000 people, 1883; under the 19th Amendment women in the United States were granted the right to vote, 1920. Today is the Feast Day of St Bregwine, archbishop of Canterbury, St Elizabeth Bichier des Ages, St Herluin, St John Wall, St Mary Desmaisieres, St Pandonia and St Teresa Jornet Ihars.

TOMORROW: Births: Confucius, philosopher, 551 BC; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, philosopher, 1770; The Hon Charles Stewart Rolls, motor manufacturer, 1877; Samuel Goldwyn (Samuel Gelbfisch), film magnate, 1882; Cecil Scott Forester, novelist, 1899; Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th US president, 1908. Deaths: Titian (Tiziano Vecelli), painter, of the plague 1576; Toms Luis de Victoria, composer, 1611; Sir Rowland Hill, founder of penny postage, 1879; "Le Corbusier" (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), architect, 1965; Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist, 1969; Haile Selassie, deposed Emperor of Ethiopia, 1975; Earl Mountbatten of Burma, murdered by the IRA 1979. On this day: the Battle of Long Island was fought, the British driving back the American army, 1776; the first balloon ascent was made in Britain by James Tytler at Edinburgh, 1784; the Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly, 1789; Edwin Laurentine Drake was the first in the United States to strike oil, at Titusville, Pennsylvania, 1859; the interior of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, was destroyed by fire, 1892; the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 3, carrying two dogs, 1958. Today is the Feast Day of St Caesarius of Arles, St David Lewis, Little St Hugh, St Marcellus of Tomi, St Margaret the Barefooted, St Monica and St Poemen.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Geography Teacher

£85 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: We require a teacher of Geogr...

HR Assistant / Human Resources Assistant

£Neg + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: An HR Assistant / Human Resources Ass...

Talent Community Coordinator

£Neg + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: A Talent Community Coordinator is nee...

Business Support - Banking - Halifax - £250 pd

£150 - £250 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - HR - Halifax - £150 - £250...

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried