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On this day: February 21

Today’s birthdays

Jilly Cooper, author, 82

David Geffen, entertainment mogul, 76

Tyne Daly, actress, 73

William Baldwin, actor, 56

James Dean Bradfield (pictured), rock singer (Manic Street Preachers), 50

Michael McIntyre, comedian, 43

Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress/director, 40

Vanessa Feltz, broadcaster, 57

Ellen Page, actress, 32

Charlotte Church, singer and TV presenter, 33

Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, 95

Phil Jones, footballer, 27

It happened today…

1437:James I, King of Scotland, was assassinated by a group of dissident nobles led by Sir Robert Graham.

1595:Robert Southwell, English poet and Jesuit martyr, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.

1613:Michael Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, founding the house of Romanov which ruled until the revolution in March 1917.

1849:Britain annexed the Punjab at the end of the Second Sikh War.

1858: The first electric burglar alarm was installed by Edwin T Holmes of Boston, Massachusetts.

1910:Sir Douglas Bader (pictured), Second World War fighter pilot, was born. Despite losing both legs, he continued to fly, and is regarded as a hero of the Battle of Britain.

1916:Germany launched an all-out attack on the French fortress of Verdun.

1949:A Woman To Remember, one of the first television soap operas, began in the United States.

1952:Identity cards were abolished in Britain.

1965: American Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot dead while addressing a meeting in New York.

1988: The grave of Boudica, the warrior queen who fought the Romans almost 2,000 years ago, was located by archaeologists under Platform 8 at King’s Cross railway station.

Quote of the day

‘At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David Jason has been at funerals. We did say we will try and get out for a drink at some stage or other, when we are not planting something’ — Actor Nicholas Lyndhurst (pictured), who played Rodney in Only Fools And Horses, rules out a return of the show

Thought for the day

‘Forget trying to be sexy. That’s just gruesome’ — Actor Colin Firth