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On this day: February 13

Today’s birthdays

Peter Hook, musician (pictured), 62

Robbie Williams, pop singer, 44

Hugh Dennis, comedian, 56

Sonia, singer, 47

Peter Gabriel, singer, 68

Stockard Channing, actress, 74

Jerry Springer, talk show host, 74

Liam Brady, former footballer, 62

Henry Rollins, actor and rock singer, 57

Jesse Birdsall, actor, 55

It happened today…

1542: ‘I die a Queen but I would rather have died the wife of Culpepper’ — said to be the last words of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, before she was beheaded on Tower Green.

1692: The Glencoe massacre took place in the Scottish Highlands, when the MacDonalds were murdered by their traditional enemies, the Campbells.

1867: Johann Strauss’s waltz The Blue Danube was first performed at a ball in Vienna.

1945: Hundreds of Allied planes bombed Dresden in the Second World War, devastating one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

1958: Dame Christabel Pankhurst, British suffragette and daughter of Emmeline, died.

1974: Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union.

1987: London’s property boom resulted in a 5ft 6in x 11ft broom cupboard opposite Harrods being offered for sale at £36,500 – more than £600 per square foot.

2017: Adele won five Grammys on a record-breaking night for the British star.

Quote of the day

‘No one likes a show-off, but if parallel parking was an Olympic sport, I would get gold, no probs’ — comic actor Miranda Hart

Thought for the day

‘There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self’ — writer Aldous Huxley