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On this day: April 15

Today’s birthdays

Marty Wilde, singer, 80

Lord (Jeffrey) Archer, author and former politician, 79

Michael Tucci, actor, 73

Dame Emma Thompson, actress, 60

Samantha Fox, former model and singer, 53

Ed O’Brien, rock guitarist (Radiohead), 51

Natalie Casey, actress, 39

Seth Rogen, actor and writer, 37

Eliza Doolittle, singer-songwriter, 31

Emma Watson, actress (pictured), 29

It happened today…

1452: Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, scientist and inventor, the complete Renaissance man, was born

1755: Dr Samuel Johnson’s dictionary was published, containing 40,000 words

1793: £5 notes were first issued by the Bank of England

1912: The Titanic sank after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage

1942: The island of Malta was awarded the George Cross for its heroism during German and Italian bombardment

1955: The first McDonald’s franchise restaurant was opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois

1966: Time magazine voted London ‘the city of the decade’

1989: Britain’s worst football disaster happened at Hillsborough, Sheffield, when 96 fans were crushed to death during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

2010: Before a live studio audience in Manchester and millions more watching at home, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg clashed over the economy, defence and care for the elderly in Britain’s first televised general election leaders’ debate

2018: Green belt protection must be strengthened, campaigners urged, as they warned large scale developments were being approved on designated land around the country

Quote of the day

‘The blatant lies of the Cold War have come back and are being offered up to the world. There is a bit of a return to the Cold War and that is not a happy development’ — Screenwriter Stephen Poliakoff (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realised how seldom they do’ — Eleanor Roosevelt, longest serving First Lady of the United States