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On this day: February 19

Today’s birthdays

Gwen Taylor, actress, 80

Smokey Robinson, singer (pictured), 79

Jeff Daniels, actor, 64

Ray Winstone, actor, 62

Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath), 71

Prince Andrew, Duke Of York, 59

Hana Mandlikova, former tennis player, 57

Seal, singer, 56

Benicio del Toro, actor, 52

Beth Ditto, rock singer (Gossip), 38

It happened today…

1855:Bread riots broke out in Liverpool.

1878:Thomas Edison patented the phonograph.

1897: The Women’s Institute was founded at Stoney Creek, Ontario, by Adelaide Hoodless.

1906: In America, William Kellogg formed the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company to make the breakfast cereal he developed as a health food for mental patients.

1942: The Japanese bombed the Australian city of Darwin.

1957:Emergency Ward 10 (above), the first continuous TV series began on ITV — it was shown twice-weekly for 10 years.

1976:Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Britain after the two countries failed to agree on limits in the Cod War fishing dispute.

1985:EastEnders began on BBC TV.

Quote of the day

‘I feel I can’t have any more animals. Maybe a mongoose might twist my arm but, no, I can’t handle it, it is what I always say, invite an animal into your life, inevitably you invite heartache’ — Comedian Paul O’Grady (pictured) on the death of his dog, Bullseye

Thought for the day

‘Social media is not good or bad. It is reflecting a problem in society that we have got to fix’ — Writer Laura Bates