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On this day: April 4

Today’s birthdays

Craig T Nelson, actor, 75

Dave Hill, rock guitarist (Slade), 73

David E Kelley, producer and screenwriter, 63

Jonathan Agnew, cricket correspondent, 59

Robert Downey Jr, actor, 54

Karren Brady (pictured), businesswoman/author, 50

David Blaine, illusionist, 46

Lemar, singer, 41

It happened today…

1581:Queen Elizabeth I knighted Francis Drake on his ship Golden Hind at Deptford after he completed his circumnavigation of the world.

1915: Blues singer Muddy Waters was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, as McKinley Morganfield.

1949: Eleven countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington.

1958: The first protest march by CND left Hyde Park, London, for Aldermaston, Berkshire.

1964:The Beatles held the first five places in the US singles chart with Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist And Shout, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand and Please, Please Me.

1968:Martin Luther King, Jr (above), civil rights leader, was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray.

1981:Bob Champion, who had conquered cancer, won the Grand National on Aldaniti, who had recovered from tendon problems and a broken hock.

1988: The TV soap opera Crossroads ended after 24 years with episode 4,510.

2010:114 miners trapped in a flooded mine for more than a week in Shanxi, China, were rescued.

Quote of the day

‘Everyone has their breaking point. I’ve finally reached mine. I could just about stomach three wasted years learning about the bloody backstop, Malthouse & MV 42 & 3/4s but now they’ve gone & arranged the Emergency Brexit summit during United v Barcelona at Old Trafford. Enough!’ — Broadcaster Nick Robinson

Thought for the day

‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’ — Martin Luther King, Jr