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On this day: February 28

Today’s birthdays

Stephanie Beacham, actress, 72

Mercedes Ruehl, actress, 71

Mike Figgis, film director, 71

Ainsley Harriott, TV chef/presenter (pictured), 62

John Turturro, actor/director, 62

Barry McGuigan, former boxer, 58

Robert Sean Leonard, actor, 50

Tim Bresnan, cricketer, 34

Frank Warren, boxing promoter, 67

Jake Bugg, singer/songwriter, 25

It happened today…

1784:John Wesley signed the ‘deed of declaration’ of the Wesleyan faith.

1900: In the Boer War, General Buller relieved Ladysmith, besieged by Boer forces for 118 days.

1912: The world’s first parachute jump from an aeroplane was made over Missouri, USA, by Albert Berry.

1940: Sandy’s Half Hour began on radio, with Sandy MacPherson at the organ. It was the start of the modern listeners’ request programme.

1948: The royal family went to see Danny Kaye at the London Palladium (pictured), the first ‘non-command performance’ attended by a reigning monarch.

1966: Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles made their name, went into liquidation.

1975: A train from Drayton Park crashed through buffers at Moorgate tube station, killing 42 people.

1986: Swedish prime minister Olof Palme was shot dead by an unknown assassin in Stockholm.

1989: In London’s Covent Garden, the world’s biggest litter bin was unveiled — it was sponsored by fast-food operator Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Quote of the day

‘I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out — like me — do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything like the pace required to protect my daughter’s generation’ — Actress Dame Emma Thompson (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it’ — American writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou