Thursday 24 December 1992
Born this day: John Lackland, King of England, 1167; St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, 1491; George Crabbe, poet, 1754; Matthew Arnold, poet and critic, 1822; Howard Robard Hughes, millionaire and recluse, 1905; Ava Lavinia Gardner (Lucy Johnson), actress, 1922.
Died this day: Jean de Joinville, crusader and historian, 1317; Vasco da Gama, explorer and navigator, 1524; William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist, 1863; Frances Mary Buss, educationist, 1894; Alban Maria Johannes Berg, composer, 1935; Peter Lawford, actor, 1984.
On this day: Britain's first self-propelled vehicle was tested by Richard Trevithick, 1801; the Apollo 8 spacecraft orbited the moon and sent back a Christmas message, 1968.
Today is the Feast Day of St Adela, St Delphinus, St Gregory of Spoleto, St Irmina, St Sharbel Makhlouf and Saints Tharsilla and Emiliana.
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