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On this day: December 13

Today’s birthdays

Dick Van Dyke, actor, 94

Christopher Plummer, actor, 90

Robert Lindsay, actor, 70

Tom Verlaine, musician (Television), 70

Paula Wilcox, actress, 70

John Francome, author and former jockey, 67

Steve Buscemi, actor/writer/director, 62

Jamie Foxx, actor and singer, 52

Sara Cox (pictured), radio DJ, 45

Taylor Swift, singer/songwriter, 30

It happened today…

1784: Dr Samuel Johnson, writer and lexicographer, died.

1867: Twelve people died when Irish bombers attacked London’s Clerkenwell prison for a breakout.

1903: Ice cream cones were patented by Italo Marcione of New York.

1904: The Metropolitan Underground railway in London went electric.

1939: The Battle of the River Plate began, with British warships attacking German battleship Admiral Graf Spee.

1967: King Constantine fled Greece after an unsuccessful bid to topple the military junta.

1973: A three-day working week was ordered due to the Arab oil embargo and miners’ industrial action.

2010: US diplomat Richard Holbrooke (above), architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan, died at 69.

Quote of the day

‘Look at the stuff I put out and the stuff Harry [Styles] puts out… polar opposites. I’m like the Antichrist version of what Harry is’ — 1D’s Liam Payne (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Home is the nicest word there is’ — Little House On The Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder