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On this day: December 5

Today’s birthdays

Little Richard, rock ‘n’ roll star, 87

Jose Carreras, tenor, 73

Morgan Brittany, actress, 68

Lee Chapman, former footballer, 60

Carlton Palmer, former footballer, 54

Ronnie O’Sullivan (pictured), snooker player, 44

Paula Patton, actress, 44

Jessica Pare, actress, 39

James Argent, reality star, 32

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 (above), Austrian composer, died and was reportedly buried in an unmarked paupers’ grave.

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, US.

1933: Prohibition ended in America after 14 years.

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

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

1956: Lawyer Rose Heilbron became Britain’s first female recorder.

1958: The Preston bypass, Britain’s first section of motorway (the M6, eight-and-a-half miles long), was officially opened.

Quote of the day

‘It’s just me!’ — Princess Anne (pictured) to the Queen, who was greeting a line of leaders at Buckingham Palace

Thought for the day

‘Civilisation began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock’ — Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis