Emily Watson, actress, 52 January 14
Feast day of The Martyrs of Mount Sinai, St Barbasymas or Barbascemin, St Antony Pucci, St Datius, St Macrina the Elder, St Sava, St Felix of Nola, and St Kentigern or Mungo.
1858: Attempt on the life of Napoleon III, in Paris.
1875: Dr Albert Schweitzer, missionary surgeon, organist and Nobel Prize winner (1952), was born in Alsace.
1878: Queen Victoria was given a demonstration of Alexander Graham Bell’s new invention, the telephone.
1898: Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, died.
1900: Puccini’s opera Tosca was premiered in Rome, despite a bomb scare by the composer’s envious contemporaries.
1907: An earthquake killed over 1,000 people in Kingston, Jamaica, virtually destroying the capital.
1943: US President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill met at Casablanca.
1953: Marshal Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia.
1954: Baseball hero Joe DiMaggio married film star Marilyn Monroe.
1957: Actor Humphrey Bogart died. His wife Lauren Bacall placed a gold whistle in his coffin with the inscription: “If you need anything, just whistle” – a line from their first film together, To Have And Have Not.
1989: British Muslims held public burnings of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.
1993: Amid increasingly intrusive coverage about the private lives of the British royal family, the government pledged to introduce legislation to criminalize invasions of privacy by the press.
1997: The trial began of footballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers for allegedly being bribed by a Far Eastern gambling ring to throw matches. All three were later acquitted.
On This Day Last Year President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas described President of the United States Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century.”
Jack Jones, singer, 81; Trevor Nunn, theatre director, 79; Faye Dunaway, actress, 78; Carl Weathers, actor, 71; Steven Soderbergh, film director, 56; Emily Watson, actress, 52; LL Cool J, actor and rap star, 51; Dave Grohl, rock singer, 50.