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On this day: February 18

Today’s birthdays

Yoko Ono, artist/singer, 87

Graeme Garden, actor, comedian and presenter, 77

Michael Buerk, broadcaster, 74

Sinead Cusack, actress, 72

Cybill Shepherd, actress, 70

Randy Crawford, singer, 68

John Travolta, actor, 66

Greta Scacchi, actress, 60

Matt Dillon, actor, 56

Colin Jackson, athlete turned commentator/presenter, 53

Molly Ringwald (pictured), actress, 52

Gary Neville, football pundit, 45

It happened today…

1478: George, Duke of Clarence, was murdered in the Tower of London. According to legend, he drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine.

1516: Mary I, Queen of England (1553-1558), daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was born in Greenwich.

1546: Martin Luther (pictured ), father of the Reformation, died at his birthplace at Eisleben, Germany, aged 62 — supposedly of overwork.

1564: The great Renaissance artist and sculptor Michelangelo died in Rome, aged 88.

1678: John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress was published.

1745: Count Alessandro Volta, physicist who devised the first battery, was born in Como, Italy. He gave his name to the electrical unit volt.

1911: More than 6,000 letters and postcards were flown five miles from Allahabad to Naini Junction in India by Henri Picquet — the first official airmail.

1915: Germany’s blockade of Britain by submarine began.

1930: American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto from a series of pictures taken the previous month at Lowell Observatory, Arizona.

2005: Fox hunting became illegal in England and Wales. The Hunting Act outlawed hunting with dogs.

Quote of the day

‘They took up me into the cockpit, there with two pilots, and I’m thinking, “Really?”. A chap comes along with sticky tape and a sheet, and he stuck it up behind the pilots and says, “There you go, you can change behind that” — Theresa May (pictured above on a plane in 2017) tells how she once had to undress in the cockpit during a flight when she was prime minister

Thought for the day

‘To be able under all circumstances to practise five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness’ — Chinese philosopher Confucius