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November 1

Is the National Day of Algeria and the Feast day of All Saints plus Saints Benignus of Dijon, Caesarius and Julian, Austremonius (or Stremoine), Cadfan, Mary, martyr, Vigor, Marcellus of Paris, and Mathurin (or Maturinus).  If it is the Feast Day for All Saints, why do some specific ones get to claim it too?

Historically it seems to have risen to prominence only recently, but in 1755 an earthquake reduced two-thirds of Lisbon to rubble and resulted, according to accounts, in the death of 60,000 people.  Then in 1848 the first W H Smith railway bookstall opened, at Euston Station, London, and in 1911 Woman's Weekly was first published.

In 1940 a prehistoric painting was discovered in a cave in Lascaux in the Dordogne, France, and in 1950 two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate US President Truman.  The first stretch of the M1 motorway linking London with the North of England was opened in 1959 and in 1993 the Maastricht Treaty (the Treaty on European Union) came into force; and the European Community became the European Union (EU).

Benvenuto Cellini was born in 1500, Antonio Canova in 1757 and L S Lowry in 1887, so it has been a reasonably artistic day.  On the other hand Ezra Pound died on this day in 1972, as did Phil Silvers in 1985.  Also listed as dying on November 1st are George Gordon, King Vidor, Louis Johnson, Severo Ochoa and Pauline Clothilde Henriques.  I regret I have never heard of any of them.  Do you feel that the News should continue to be edited by such an ignorant man?


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