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On this day: April 5

Today’s birthdays

Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, 82

Michael Moriarty, actor, 78

Jane Asher, actress/writer, 73

Agnetha Faltskog, singer (ABBA), 69

Stan Ridgway, singer, 65

Pharrell Williams, singer, 46

John Hartson, former footballer turned pundit, 44

Hayley Atwell, actress, 37

It happened today…

1614: American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

1827:Joseph Lister, the surgeon who introduced antiseptics, was born in London.

1874: Johann Sebastian Strauss’s opera Die Fledermaus was first performed, in Vienna.

1900:Spencer Tracy, American actor who won Oscars two years in succession (1937 and 1938), was born.

1902: A stand at Ibrox Park stadium in Glasgow collapsed during a Scotland v England match, killing 26 people and injuring more than 500.

1908: American actress Bette Davis (pictured) was born in Massachusetts.

1910: Kissing was banned on the French railways because it could cause delays.

1955: Sir Winston Churchill, aged 80, resigned as prime minister, and the following day Anthony Eden took office.

1976: Billionaire recluse Howard Hughes died on his private jet on his way to Houston, Texas.

1982: A British Task Force set out to recover the Falklands from their Argentine occupiers.

1994: Kurt Cobain, the iconic singer of US grunge band Nirvana, committed suicide – his body was not discovered until three days later.

2008: Hollywood legend Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing Ben-Hur, died at the age of 84.

Quote of the day

‘Yes I did it. I bent the pipes, and I won’t apologise, you all deserve it’ — Illusionist Uri Geller (pictured) claims responsibility for the leak in the House of Commons

Thought for the day

‘The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats’ — Philosopher Albert Schweitzer