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On this day: August 5

Today’s birthdays

John Spellar, Labour politician, 73

Ray Clemence, former goalkeeper, 72

Barbara Flynn, actress, 72

John Whitaker, showjumper, 65

Kevin Darley, former jockey, 60

Jon Sleightholme, former rugby union player, 48

Sophie Winkleman (pictured), actress, 40

Mimi Keene, actress, 22

It happened today…

1891: The first American Express travellers’ cheque was cashed

1926: Houdini, famous escapologist and magician, survived for one-and-a-half hours in a bronze coffin in a hotel swimming pool in Los Angeles

1958: The nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus completed its historic journey under the North Pole

1962: Marilyn Monroe (below) died alone in her bedroom from ‘acute barbiturate poisoning’. She was 36

1963: Britain, the United States and the USSR signed a nuclear test ban treaty

1974: US president Richard Nixon admitted his complicity in the Watergate affair

1984: Richard Burton, Welsh actor who became a Hollywood legend mainly through his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor, died in Geneva, aged 58

2010: The Copiapo mining accident trapped 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300ft below the ground. The miners a survived for a record 69 days underground before they were finally rescued

2012: Andy Murray claimed two Olympic medals after a momentous day on Wimbledon’s Centre Court

2019: Restoration work began on the 3,300-year-old tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, with the gilded outer coffin removed for the first time since it was discovered in 1922

Quote of the day

‘I have a new found love and respect for my soundmen friends and my cameramen friends because they make it look easy and it ain’t’ — TV presenter Helen Skelton (pictured), who has been filming from home during the lockdown

Thought for the day

‘When in doubt, tell the truth’ — Writer Mark Twain

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