It was the 1500th anniversary of the death (1st January 510AD) of Merovingian-French St Oyand, aka Eugendus, Abbot of Condat in Burgundy and founder of a church dedicated to Saints Peter, Paul and Andrew, whose most recent incarnation is the outstandingly beautiful 14th-15th century Cathédrale Saint-Pierre in Saint-Claude. It was also the 75th anniversary of the promotion to Lieutenant (1st January 1935) of Polish army officer Włodzimierz Dżugan, and close to the centenary of his birth. More precisely, it marked the 99th anniversary of the birth of Czech pilot Eduard Prchal (d.1984), and the 98th anniversary of the birth of Soviet spy Harold “Kim” Philby (d.1988).
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd.”