January 20

Big Ben in Skevington's Irons, June 2018
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1265: Britain's House of Commons met for the first time today, fifty years after the signing of the first Magna Carta (click here. Why is it, three quarters of a millennium since we started on the road to real democracy, that we are still so very far short of getting there?

Federico Fellini, Italian film-maker, born today in 1920.

Anatoly Shcharansky , now known as Natan Sharansky, the man who translated dissident Andrei Sakharov's speeches into English, and was among the most senior figures in the Refusenik movement in the Soviet Union, born today in 1948.

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