TODAY is the feast day of Saint Ultan, 7th-century bishop of Ardbraccan in Ireland, where a holy well still bears his name. A man of letters, he educated and fed numerous poor students and was famed for his care of sick children sometimes caring for 'fifty and thrice-fifty' at a time. A proverb refers to 'Ultan's left hand against evil' which records the time, when, feeding children with his right hand, he defended Ireland against Norse invaders with his left. An early Irish poet wrote: 'Had it been the right hand that noble Ultan raised against them, no foreigner would ever have come into the land of Erin.'
4 September, 1886: Geronimo, chief of the Chiricahua Apaches (above), surrendered to the US Army. The most famous of the Apaches, Geronimo fought US federal troops and settlers encroaching on tribal lands for 11 years, especially in Arizona and New Mexico. After a defeat in March 1886 he agreed to go quietly to Florida but resisted internment of his people on a reservation, and escaped. He finally converted to Christianity, and became a farmer in Oklahoma, appearing on state occasions, including Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration. In 1906 he dictated his life story. He died, aged 80, in 1909.
1918: The Germans retreated to the Siegfried Line.
1965: Albert Schweitzer, doctor and missionary, died.
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