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On this day: August 12

Today’s birthdays

George Soros, financier, 89

Michael Brunson, political broadcaster, 79

Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits singer/guitarist, 70

Tanita Tikaram, singer/songwriter, 50

Pete Sampras, tennis legend, 48

Casey Affleck (pictured), actor, 44

Djibril Cisse, footballer, 38

Mario Balotelli, footballer, 29

It happened today…

1762:George IV, King of England, eldest son of the insane George III, was born. But he did little to enhance the crown, being too fond of wine and women.

1774: Robert Southey, poet laureate and historian, was born in Bristol.

1881: Cecil B De Mille, producer and director of epic films such as The Ten Commandments, was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

1887: Thomas Edison made the first sound recording when he recited Mary Had A Little Lamb which was recorded on to a foil-wrapped cylinder on the Edisonphone.

1908: The first Model T Ford, affectionately known as the ‘Tin Lizzie’, came off the production line, replacing the Model A.

1925: Norris and Ross McWhirter, British twins who founded the Guinness Book Of Records, were born. After the bible, it is the best-selling book in the world. Ross McWhirter was murdered by the IRA.

1944: Pluto, the ‘pipeline under the ocean’, began operating, transporting fuel from England to Allied troops in France.

1960: Communications satellite Echo was launched from Cape Canaveral.

1964: Ian Fleming, bestselling author and creator of James Bond, died.

1982:Mexico announced it was unable to pay its enormous external debt, marking the beginning of the debt crisis that spread across Latin America.

1990: The largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton was discovered by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.

2012: The Summer Olympics closing ceremony took place in London, which completed the games.

2014: Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall died at her home at the age of 89 following a stroke.

Quote of the day

‘I’ve told him I want to get married. I’ve told him I want him to propose to me on a boat — I’ve even told him what kind of ring I want. I don’t hold back. I put it all out there. He’s totally up for it’ — Former Love Island winner Dani Dyer (pictured) on Sammy Kimmence, who she has been seeing for three months.

Thought for the day

‘Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything’ — Playwright George Bernard Shaw