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On this day: December 7

Today’s birthdays

Sue Johnston, The Royle Family actress, 75

Clive Russell, Ripper Street and Game Of Thrones actor, 73

Rosalind Ayres, Titanic actress, 72

Tom Waits, singer/songwriter, 69

Colin Hendry, former footballer, 53

Damien Rice, singer/songwriter, 45

Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter actress, 39

John Terry, footballer, 38

Jack Huston, Boardwalk Empire and Outlander actor, 36

Emily Browning (pictured), Sucker Punch and Lemony Snicket actress, 30

Nicholas Hoult, About A Boy, Skins and X-Men actor, 29

It happened today…

43 BC: Cicero (Marcus Tullius), the great Roman orator, was executed for a series of attacks on Mark Antony.

1732: The original Covent Garden Opera House opened with Way Of The World, by William Congreve.

Pitting his wits: William Pitt was only 24 when he became PM PIC: REX

1783: William Pitt the Younger became the youngest of Britain’s prime ministers aged just 24.

1815: Marshal Ney, Napoleon’s most famous general, was executed for supporting Napoleon at Waterloo when he was ordered by the Allies to arrest him.

1817: Captain Bligh, captain of mutiny ship The Bounty, died in London.

1941: The Japanese attacked the US fleet in Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.

1982:Charles Brooks Jnr, a prisoner at Fort Worth, was executed by a lethal injection, the first to die by this method in the US.

Quote of the day

‘The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn’ — Ben Elton (pictured) on his return to stand-up

Thought for the day

‘A president is neither prince nor pope, and I don’t seek a window on men’s souls. In fact, I yearn for a greater tolerance, an easy-goingness about each other’s attitudes and way of life’ — The late former US president George HW Bush