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On this day: December 20

Today’s birthdays

Uri Geller, spoon-bender and psychic, 72

Jenny Agutter (pictured), actress, 66

Billy Bragg, singer-songwriter and political activist, 61

Simon Hughes, broadcaster and cricketer, 59

Robert Cavanah, actor, 53

George Lamb, radio and TV presenter, 39

Ashley Cole, footballer, 38

Jonah Hill, actor, 35

Kylian Mbappe, footballer, 20

Alan Parsons, sound engineer, producer and musician, 70

Lesley Judd, former Blue Peter presenter, 72

It happened today…

1560: The first General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was held.

1915: Australian, New Zealand and British troops were evacuated from the ill-fated Gallipoli expedition.

1928:Harry Ramsdenstarted his fish and chip restaurant in a hut in Guiseley, near Leeds, which soon became the most famous in the world.

1957: At the height of his career, Elvis Presley (pictured above) received his call-up papers.

1961: The London bells of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, began chiming again. They are the Bow Bells in the rhyme Oranges And Lemons, within the range of whose sound true Cockneys must be born.

1982: Two Townsend Thoresen ferries collided off Harwich with the loss of six lives.

1990: The last remaining pit in the Rhondda — Maerdy Colliery — closed, ending more than a century of coal mining.

Quote of the day

‘It was a one-off, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Next year, I will be at home with everyone else, having a glass of wine, watching it’ — TV’s Holly Willoughby (pictured with co-presenter Declan Donnelly) indicating she will not host I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! again

Thought for the day

‘Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese’ — American actress Billie Burke