On This Day In History ... 23/2/17
In 1874 The game of Tennis is patented by its inventor Major Walter C. Wingfield of Great Britain.
In 1850 César Ritz is born ... Swiss "Hotelier to Kings" who founded the world famous Ritz hotels in London, Paris, New York, etc.
In 1685 George Frederick Handel is born ... German composer - The Messiah (1742). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church.
In 1848 John Quincy Adams dies - 6th US President
In 1995 James Herriot dies - (James Alfred Wight) Of All Creatures Great and Small fame
In 1965 Stan Laurel dies - (Arthur Stanley Jefferson), British-born American comedian, actor.
In 1934 Sir Edward Elgar dies -English composer, famous for his "Pomp and Circumstance" marches
In 1821 John Keats dies - English poet. Writings: Endymion (1818) and Eve of St. Agnes (1820).