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On this day: April 3

Today’s birthdays

Doris Day, actress, 97

Alec Baldwin, actor, 61

David Hyde Pierce, actor, 60

Eddie Murphy (pictured), actor/comedian, 58

Kenny Logan, former rugby union player, 47

Will Mellor, actor, 43

Leona Lewis, singer, 34

It happened today…

1367: Henry IV was born at Bolingbroke Castle, Lincolnshire.

1860: The Pony Express service began, running from St Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento.

1882:Jesse James, the legendary outlaw, was shot in the back by one of his own gang.

1897: Johannes Brahms, German pianist and composer, died in Vienna.

1901:Richard D’Oyly Carte, English impresario best remembered as the man behind Gilbert and Sullivan and who built the Savoy Theatre to house their works, died.

1913: Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (pictured) was sentenced to three years for inciting supporters to place explosives at the London home of David Lloyd George.

1922: Joseph Stalin was appointed general secretary of the Communist Party in Russia.

1987: The late Duchess of Windsor’s jewels fetched £31million at auction.

1991:Graham Greene, one of Britain’s leading novelists for more than 30 years, died at Vevey, Switzerland, aged 86.

2010:Apple released the iPad in the United States.

Quote of the day

‘I will have to diet’ — Actress Miriam Margolyes (pictured) fears she may not fit into her coffin when the time comes

Thought for the day

‘It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you’ve lived so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all’ — Author J K Rowling