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On this day: April 14

Today’s birthdays

Julie Christie, actress, 80

Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple guitarist, 75

Julian Lloyd Webber, cellist, 69

Bobbi Brown, makeup artist, 63

Peter Capaldi, (pictured), actor, 62

Robert Carlyle, actor, 59

Gina McKee, actress, 56

Anthony Michael Hall, actor, 52

Adrien Brody, actor, 47

Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress, 43

Abigail Breslin, actress, 24

It happened today…

1471: The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians at the Battle of Barnet, in the War of the Roses.

1759: George Frideric Handel, German composer, died in London, where most of his music-making had been.

1828: Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language.

1865: Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president, was shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth, dying the next day.

1894: Thomas Edison publicly demonstrated his ‘kinetoscope’ moving-picture machine in New York.

1917: Dr Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof, Polish physician who invented the international language Esperanto, died.

Winning formula: The actual 1928 Bugatti Type 35b two-seater that won the 1929 Grand Prix, pictured here on sale in 2005 PICTURE: EPA/REX

1929: The Monaco Grand Prix was first run — 78 laps round the narrow streets and harbour of Monte Carlo.

1931: The Ministry of Transport issued the first Highway Code.

1983: The first cordless telephone, capable of operating up to 600ft from base, was introduced.

2003: The Human Genome Project was completed with 99 per cent of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99 per cent.

Quote of the day

‘I’m hoping now… that the world has changed, the NHS will no longer be a political football for any of the parties and that it is protected because it is the greatest expression of Britain we have’ — Actor Christopher Eccleston (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something’ — Greek philosopher Plato