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On this day: December 5

Today’s birthdays

Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll star, 86

Jose Carreras, tenor, 72

Morgan Brittany, Dallas actress, 67

Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Laundrette writer, 64

Lee Chapman, former footballer/restaurateur and bar owner, 59

Michael Edwards (aka ‘Eddie the Eagle’), former skier, 55

Carlton Palmer, former footballer, 53

Lynne Ramsay (pictured), We Need To Talk About Kevin director, 49

Ronnie O’Sullivan, snooker player, 43

Paula Patton, Mission: Impossible actress, 43

Jessica Paré, Mad Men actress, 38

Frankie Muniz, Malcolm In The Middle star, 38

It happened today…

1697: The first Sunday service was held in the new St Paul’s Cathedral.

1766: James Christie, founder of the famous auctioneers, held his first sale in London.

1791: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer, died and was reportedly buried in an unmarked grave with several other paupers.

1872: The American brig Mary Celeste was found drifting in the Atlantic, her crew missing.

1901: Walt Disney, cartoon film producer, was born in Chicago.

1933: Prohibition ended in America after 14 years.

1945:Five US Navy bombers from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, disappeared over the area which became known as the Bermuda Triangle.

1952: Smog enveloped London and killed more than 4,000 people in less than a week.

Top silk: Rose Heilbron arrives to be sworn in as a High Court judge in 1974 PICTURES: REX

1956: Rose Heilbron became Britain’s first female recorder (broadly similar to a circuit judge).

1958: The Preston bypass, Britain’s first section of motorway (the M1, eight-and-a-half miles long), was officially opened by prime minister Harold Macmillan.

Quote of the day

‘If you’re thinking about my thoughts when I come out on stage, it’s “Don’t fall”. One of my primary goals for the eight years was to never become a meme’ — Former US first lady Michelle Obama (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘An unhealed person can find offence in pretty much anything someone does; a healed person understands that the actions of others have absolutely nothing to do with them. Each day you get to decide which one you will be’ — Anonymous