And so made significant . . .

around the world, and through the centuries

23 January

1643
William Dowsing,
farmer

’14. DUNSTALL, JAN. the 23rd. We brake down 60 superstitious Pictures; and broke in pieces the Rails; and gave order to pull down the Steps.’

Breaking superstitious pictures

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1777
Nicholas Cresswell,
tradesman and farmer

‘Curiosity and company induced me to spend the evening at a place of no great credit. The various scenes I saw may be of great service to me sometime or other.’

Whores and rogues

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1868
Gerard Manley Hopkins,
poet

‘Dull.’

Sunset of rosy juices

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1901
Natsume Soseki,
writer

‘Flags are hoisted at half-mast. All the town is in mourning. I, a foreign subject, also wear a black-necktie to show my respectful sympathy. “The new century has opened rather inauspiciously,” said the shopman off whom I bought a pair of black gloves this morning.’ [Queen Victoria had died the previous day]

A giant of Japanese literature

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1994
Peter Clark,
administrator

‘I try unsuccessfully to get some guidance from the Embassy. I decide myself to keep the teaching centre closed today. We arrange to put a notice of condolence in the paper and to send a cable to the President. Yesterday there were manifestations of grief: fake orchestrated and genuine. Today there are further demonstrations that border on the contrived. Shops and schools remain closed. I think in years to come Syrians will look on Basil al-Assad as the herald of a golden age that never dawned. His early death will be an alibi for frustration or disappointment.’

Damascus diaries

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