Friday 08 September 1995
Miss Jeannette Altwegg (Mrs M. Wirz), Olympic skater, 65; Mr Frankie Avalon, singer, 55; Professor Sir Derek Barton, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Texas A and M University, 77; Sir Hugh Bennett, High Court judge, 52; Sir John D.K. Brown, former chairman, McLeod Russel plc, 82; Mr Ian Davidson MP, 45; Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, composer, 61; Miss Anne Diamond, television presenter, 41; Mr Michael Frayn, author and playwright, 62; Mr Anthony Frodsham, former Director-General, Engineering Employers' Federation, 76; Mr John Garrett MP, 64; Miss Judith Hann, television writer and presenter, 53; Mr Fred Jarvis, former General Secretary, National Union of Teachers, 71; Mr Stefan Johansson, racing driver, 39; Sir Denys Lasdun, architect, 81; The Marquess of Lothian, former government minister, 73; Mr Geoff Miller, cricketer, 43; Vice-Admiral Sir Roy Newman, Flag Officer Plymouth and Commander Central Sub Area East Atlantic, 59; Mr Jack Rosenthal, playwright, 64; M Yves St Martin, jockey, 54; Sir Harry Secombe, comedian and singer, 74; Professor Ernst Sondheimer, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, London University, 72; Col James Stirling of Garden, Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, 65; Dame Guinevere Tilney, former UK Representive to the UN on Status of Women, 79; Mr Alan Weeks, television sports commentator, and governor, Sports Aid Foundation, 72; Mr Alfred A. Wood, architect and conservationist, 69.
Births: Richard I, King (Coeur de Lion), 1157; Louis II de Bourbon, fourth Prince de Conde, soldier, 1621; Joseph-Etienne Frederic Mistral, Provencal poet, 1830; Antonin Dvork, composer, 1841; Viktor Meyer, chemist, 1848; William Wymark Jacobs, short-story writer, 1863; Siegfried Lorraine Sassoon, poet and critic, 1886; Jean-Louis Barrault, actor, director and theatre manager, 1910; Peter Richard Henry Sellers, actor and comedian, 1925. Deaths: Amy Robsart, wife of the Earl of Leicester, found mysteriously dead of a broken neck 1560; Francis Quarles, poet, 1644; Ann Lee, Shaker leader, 1784; George Bradshaw, printer and publisher of railway guides, 1853; Andre Derain, painter, 1954. On this day: New Amsterdam in North America was surrendered by the Dutch to the English, and renamed New York, 1664; in Canada, Montreal surrendered to the British troops, 1760; Johannesburg, South Africa, was founded, 1886; Germany was admitted to the League of Nations, 1926; the Treaty of Peace with Japan was signed by 49 powers in San Francisco, 1951; the Severn Road Bridge was officially opened, 1966; President Gerald Ford granted a full pardon to Richard Nixon for "any offences he might have committed while in office", 1974; Cindy Nicholas, a 19-year-old Canadian, swam the Channel both ways in 19 hours 55 minutes, 1977. Today is the Feast Day of Saints Adrian and Natalia, St Corbinian, St Disibod, St Eusebius, St Kingsmark or Cynfarch Oer, St Nestabus, St Nestor, St Sergius I, pope and St Zeno.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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