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On this day: August 11

Today’s birthdays

Isy Suttie, comic actress, 39

Chris Hemsworth, actor, 34.

Eric Carmen, singer, 68

Hulk Hogan, wrestler and actor, 64

Joe Jackson, rock singer, 63

Nigel Martyn, former footballer, 51

Nigel Harman, actor, 44

It happened today…

1492: The infamous and corrupt Rodrigo Borgia bribed enough cardinals to become Pope Alexander VI.

1897: Enid Blyton, children’s author, was born in East Dulwich. In the mid-30s she began writing her stories which featured Noddy, the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.

1919: Philanthropic US industrialist Andrew Carnegie died. Insisting he wanted to leave the world as a poor man, he gave away more than $308million, but he failed to achieve his ambition – he had $2 million left.

1942: Barnes Wallis patented the bouncing bomb which was used against the German Mohne and Eder dams in 1943 by the RAF Dambusters Squadron.

1942: The new Waterloo Bridge over the Thames was opened.

1952: King Hussein succeeded to the throne of Jordan.

1956: Abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock died when he drove his car into a tree near East Hampton, New York.

1965: Violent race riots broke out in the Watts area of Los Angeles.

1975: The Government took ownership of British Leyland, the only major British-owned car company.

1988: Devastating floods brought chaos to the Sudan. After 13 hours of rain, 1.5million people had been made homeless, and an unknown number died

2016: Figures showed major hospitals in England were failing to see almost one in seven patients within four hours, as medics warned that emergency staffing had reached crisis levels.

Quote of the day

‘They think it is all tea and crumpets in the UK’ — actor John Boyega addressing critics of British actors playing African Americans

Thought for the day

‘The world is being run by irresponsible spoiled brats’ — writer PJ O’Rourke