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On this day: February 26

Today’s birthdays

Sandie Shaw, singer, 72

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, football manager, 46

David Edgar, playwright, 71

Helen Clark, former New Zealand prime minister, 69

Michael Bolton, singer/songwriter, 66

Erykah Badu, singer/actress (pictured), 48

Shane Williams, Welsh rugby player, 42

Corinne Bailey Rae, singer/songwriter, 40

Georgia Taylor, actress, 39

Colin Bell, Manchester City legend, 73

Charley Webb, soap star, 31

It happened today…

1531: About 20,000 people died in an earthquake in Lisbon.

1797:£1 notes were first issued by the Bank of England.

1815:Napoleon escaped from exile on the island of Elba and returned to France.

1839: The Grand National was first run at Aintree.

1846: William Frederick Cody — Buffalo Bill (pictured) — American army scout and showman, was born in Scott County, Iowa.

1935:Radar (Radio Detection and Ranging) was first demonstrated in Daventry by Robert Watson-Watt.

1936: The Volkswagen car factory was opened in Saxony by Adolf Hitler.

1950: Scottish music hall singer and comedian Sir Harry Lauder died, aged 79.

1983: Irishman Pat Jennings became the first footballer to play in 1,000 first-class football matches.

1989:Burke’s Peerage reported that King Arthur’s Round Table had been found near Stirling, Scotland, on the banks of the Carron River.

Quote of the day

PICTURE: ITV

‘Channelling my inner Joan Collins for the Oscars’ — TV’s Susanna Reid (pictured) dresses like the veteran star as she presents her breakfast show from Los Angeles

Thought for the day

‘Home is where you know how the shower works’ — Plaque spotted in a curio shop