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On this day: December 7

Today’s birthdays

Sue Johnston, actress, 74

Rosalind Ayres, actress, 71

Tom Waits, singer/songwriter, 68

Colin Hendry, former footballer, 52

Damien Rice, singer/songwriter, 44

John Terry, footballer, 37

Emily Browning, actress, 29

Nicholas Hoult (pictured), actor, 28 (pictured above)

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.

1783: William Pitt the Younger became the youngest of Britain’s prime ministers – he was 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.

1988: Peter Langan, restaurateur, co-owner with Sir Michael Caine of the famous London brasserie Langan’s, died in a fire at his home.

2016: Actor Ryan Gosling said he had feared the days of old Hollywood musicals were over before he made his Oscar-tipped new film La La Land.

Quote of the day

‘I’m so delighted to be doing this show as that little period between Christmas and New Year is something that I’ve always wanted to ruin for everybody’ — Comedian Frankie Boyle talks about his TV special which recaps the news of 2017

Thought for the day

‘I briefly did therapy, but after a while, I realised it is just like a farmer complaining about the weather. You can’t fix the weather, you just have to get on with it’ — writer Douglas Adams