NOT LAPPS: Lapsang Souchong, lap dogs, lapsed Catholics, lapis lazuli.
TOP LAPP: Santa Claus.
TODAY is the feast day of the Blessed William of Fenoli, a Carthusian lay- brother at the beginning of the 13th century. He was famous for some fantastic (or preposterous) miracles. Once, when returning from the fields with a mule, William was attacked by robbers. Having no weapon to defend himself, he seized the leg of the mule, pulled it out of its socket, and put his attackers to flight. This done, he restored the leg to the beast and continued his journey. Paintings survive of Blessed William holding the leg of a mule.
19 December, 1848: Emily Bronte (above) died of tuberculosis at Haworth, North Yorkshire. Wuthering Heights, published a year before her death and just after Charlotte's Jane Eyre, was her only novel. While her sister's book was widely acclaimed, Emily's initially met with hostility for its strange construction and violent nature.
1851: J M W Turner, painter, died.
1981: Eight coastguards from the Penlee lifeboat were killed off Mousehole, Cornwall.
BIRTHDAYS: Timothy Eggar MP, coal minister, 42; Richard Leakey, wildlife conservationist, 49; Syd Little, comedian, 51.
DEATHS: Jozsef Antall, Prime Minister of Hungary, aged 61; Myrna Loy, Hollywood actress, aged 88; Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, President of Fiji, aged 75.Reuse content