1865: Actress Mrs Patrick Campbell
, known for her abrasive wit, was born in London.
George Shaw The Daily Telegraph called it "the jolliest stuff" and The Daily Sketch wrote "Mrs Patrick Campbell
's consummate comedy acting robs the phrase of all offensiveness".
During her 51 years at the Playhouse, Maud had seen it all, including performances by Mrs Patrick Campbell
, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Noel Coward, Rex Harrison, Michael Redgrave, Robert Donat and Rachael Lawrence.
The Bank of England is like the actress Mrs Patrick Campbell
. It takes care not to frighten the horses.
Also on This Day: 1849: Rome was proclaimeda republic; 1865: Birth of English actress Mrs Patrick Campbell
(Beatrice Stella Tanner), who created the role of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (1914); 1893: The world's first striptease took place at the Moulin Rouge; 1942: The French liner Normandie sank after a fire in New York harbour.
Anniversaries: 1555: Bishop of Gloucester and Worcester John Hooper burnt at the stake; 1865: Birth of actress Mrs Patrick Campbell
; 1881: Death of Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky; 1923: Birth of Irish playwright Brendan Behan, 76; 1942: Soap rationing began in England; 1970: Equal Pay Bill passed in Commons; 1971: First British soldier killed in Northern Ireland; 1981: Death of American rock musician Bill Haley; 1996: IRA cease-fire expired as massive bomb exploded killing two in South Quays, East London.