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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


‘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