Willie Nelson, country singer, 86
Burt Young, actor, 79
King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, 73
Jane Campion, film director, 65
Kirsten Dunst, actress, 37
Dianna Agron, actress/singer, 33
It happened today…
311:Christians were legally recognised in the Roman Empire.
1789:George Washington (pictured below) was inaugurated as the first president of the United States of America.
1803: The USA bought Louisiana and New Orleans from France.
1900: Engine driver Casey Jones died at the throttle of the Cannonball Express at Illinois Central, slowing down the train to save passengers’ lives.
1906:London bus routes were numbered.
1944: The first of 500,000 prefabricated homes (prefabs) went on show in London.
1945:Adolf Hitler shot himself dead in his underground bunker beneath the Chancellery in Berlin. Eva Braun, whom he had married the previous day, died beside him by taking a cyanide pill.
1975: The Vietnam War ended when the South Vietnam government surrendered to North Vietnam. Fighting had continued despite the signing of peace treaties in 1973.
1980: Armed terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London and threatened to blow it up if their demands were not met.
1993: Tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed by an obsessed fan during a quarter-final match of the 1993 Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany.
Quote of the day
‘I get pretty involved in things like arguing for equal pay. I am not afraid to be at those meetings and by making noise about it, to keep holding people to account, trying to kick up a bit of a storm’ — Broadcaster Clare Balding (pictured)
Thought for the day
‘Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care’ — 26th US president Theodore Roosevelt