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On this day: April 27

Today’s birthdays

Anouk Aimée, actress, 88

Michael Fish, former TV weatherman, 76

Ann Peebles, singer, 73

Sheena Easton, singer, 61

Darcey Bussell (pictured), former ballet dancer and Strictly judge, 51

Mica Paris, singer/TV presenter, 51

Jenna-Louise Coleman, actress, 34

Lizzo, singer, 32

It happened today…

1296: The English beat the Scots at the battle of Dunbar.

1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines at the Battle of Mactan.

1791: Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse code, was born in Massachusetts, US. He made his living as a portrait painter.

1810: Beethoven’s piano piece Für Elise was composed.

1828: The London Zoological Gardens in Regent’s Park were opened.

1939: In Britain, conscription was introduced for the first time since World War I.

1968: Abortion was legalised in Britain, although the legislation did not cover Northern Ireland.

1992: Betty Boothroyd (above) became the first woman to be elected speaker of the House of Commons in its 700-year history.

Quote of the day

‘I think I want to be with someone older now. I am 27 but I don’t live the life of a 27-year-old. I have a lot more responsibilities and money. I need someone who has passions and their own drive’ — Singer Sam Smith (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent’ — French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte