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October 2005

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October 2

Is the Feast day of the Guardian Angels, St Leger (or Leodegarius), and St Eleutherius of Nicomedia.  Bit short on saints then, compared with the usual.

It was the day in 1187 when Saladin captured Jerusalem and in 1608 when the first telescope was demonstrated by the Dutch lens maker, Hans Lipperschey.  In 1836 Charles Darwin returned from his five-year survey of South American waters aboard the HMS Beagle, and in 1870 Rome became the capital of the newly unified Italy.  In 1901 The Royal Navy's first submarine, built by Vickers, was launched at Barrow, and in 1909 the first rugby football match was played at Twickenham, between Harlequins and Richmond.  In 1942 the cruiser Curacao sank with the loss of 338 lives, after colliding with the liner Queen Mary off the coast of Donegal.  In 1983 Neil Kinnock became, fairly briefly, leader of the Labour Party.  That was, of course, in the Bad Old Days when it actually was the Labour Party, and not the Conservative Party in disguise.  In 1990 the German Democratic Republic ceased to exist at midnight.  I had a friend once who believed that roundabouts also ceased to exist at midnight, so he used to drive straight across them.  That was possible in Nottingham at the time, though it created havoc with the flower beds in the middle.  He went to Oxford and became a doctor.  I do not know his current views on roundabouts.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2nd in 1869, Graham Greene in 1904 and Sting in 1951.  His name was not Sting at the time.

Samuel Adams died on October 2nd 1803.  That is Samuel Adams the US statesman, not the Samuel Adams currently playing defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills.  He of course is not dead yet.  Also dying on October 2nd were Marie Stopes (not to be confused with Marie Curie) in 1958, Rock Hudson in 1985, Peter Medawar in 1987 and Gene Autry in 1998.  I had never heard of Peter Medawar either, but apparently he was an immunologist.  And British too.

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