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TODAY: Births: Tallulah Brockman Bankhead, actress, 1903. Deaths: Guy Fawkes, Robert Winter, Ambrose Rokewood and Robert Keyes, Gunpowder Plot conspirators, executed 1606. On this day: Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union, 1929; Apollo 14 was launched on the Moon mission from Cape Kennedy, 1971. Today is the Feast Day of St Adamnan of Coldingham, St Aidan or Maedoc of Ferns, Saints Cyrus and John of Alexandria, St Eusebius of St Gall, St Francis Xavier Bianchi, St John Bosco, St Marcella of Rome, St Nicetas of Novgorod and St Ulphia.

TOMORROW: Births: William Clark Gable, actor, 1901. Deaths: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Godwin), author of Frankenstein, 1851. On this day: the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published, 1884; some 1,200 people were killed after an earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 1991. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Bride or Brigid of Kildare, St Henry Morse, St John of the Grating, St Pionius, St Seiriol and St Sigebert III of Austrasia.