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On this day: August 10

Today’s birthdays

Ian Anderson, rock singer (Jethro Tull), 73

Patti Austin, singer and actress, 70

Rosanna Arquette, actress, 61

Antonio Banderas, actor, 60

Charlie Dimmock, TV gardening expert, 54

Roy Keane, former footballer and football manager, 49

Lawrence Dallaglio, former England rugby captain, 48

Kylie Jenner (pictured), reality star and businesswoman, 23

It happened today…

1675: Greenwich Observatory was established by King Charles II, who laid the foundation stone

1787: Mozart completed his famous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. On the same day in 1788, he finished his Jupiter Symphony

1842: The Mines Act was passed by the British Parliament, forbidding women and children to work underground

1889: The screw bottle top was patented by Dan Rylands of Hope Glass Works, Barnsley

1895: The first London Promenade Concert took place, founded by Henry Wood and Robert Newman, and played by an orchestra of 80 in the Queen’s Hall

1897: The Royal Automobile Club was founded, under the name of The Automobile Club of Great Britain

1949: ‘Acid bath’ murderer John Haigh (ppictured), who confessed to nine killings, was executed at Wandsworth Prison

1954: Sir Gordon Richards, champion English jockey, retired after 4,869 wins

1961: Britain first applied for membership of the EEC

1990: The Magellan space probe reached Venus

2010: Archaeologists announced that they had discovered Britain’s earliest house at Star Carr, near Scarborough, believed to date back to 8,500 years BC

2019: A rare tornado in Luxembourg left 19 people injured, while 15 football players were injured by a lightning strike in southern Germany as storms hit northern Europe

Quote of the day

‘It’s beyond absurd to think that we should be deploying multimillion-pound ships and elite soldiers to deal with desperate people barely staying afloat on rubber dinghies in the Channel’ — A Ministry of Defence source on suggestions of sending in the Royal Navy to tackle Channel migrant crossings

Thought for the day

‘Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it’ — Poet Maya Angelou