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St George's Day

Riding St. George is, according to Francis Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1796):
The woman uppermost in the amorous congress: that is, the dragon upon St. George. This is the best way to get a bishop.

1616

Poet, playwright, and actorWilliam Shakespeare dies in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
He was 52 years old.

1661
King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland is crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1791
Fifteenth President of the US, James Buchanan born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

1891
Russian pianist, composer, and conductor Sergei Prokofiev born in rural Eastern Ukraine.

1922
Actress and occultist Marjorie Cameron born in Belle Plaine, Iowa.

1926
Writer J(ames) P(atrick) Donleavy (The Ginger Man) born in New York.

1928
Actress Shirley Temple born in Santa Monica, California.

1936
Singer Roy Orbison born in Vernon, Texas.

1982

The Conch Republic declared independence from the USA.

1985
New Coke introduced and hated.


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