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On this day: February 4

Today’s birthdays

Dan Quayle, US politician, 72

Alice Cooper (pictured), rock singer, 71

Gabrielle Anwar, actress, 49

Bobbie Goulding, rugby league coach and former player, 47

Natalie Imbruglia, actress/singer, 44

Tim Booth, singer from James, 59

Kimberly Wyatt, singer/dancer, 37

It happened today…

1902: Captain Charles Lindbergh, US pioneer aviator and the first to fly solo across the Atlantic, was born in Detroit.

1929: The first area of ‘Green Belt’ was approved, five miles of land near Hendon, Middlesex.

1945: The Yalta Conference between Allied leaders Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin opened in the Crimea.

1948:Ceylon became a self-governing dominion within the Commonwealth. It later changed its name to Sri Lanka.

1962: The first colour supplement was published by The Sunday Times with features on pop art.

1983:Karen Carpenter (pictured), US singer who with her brother formed the successful Carpenters duo, died from heart failure as a result of complications arising from anorexia nervosa.

1987: Dennis Conner’s US crew won back the America’s Cup from Australia.

1990: The New Zealand cricketer Richard Hadlee (later to be knighted) became the first man to take 400 Test wickets.

2004: The social networking site Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

Quote of the day

‘I roared laughing when someone said, “Eee Carol love, you’re not half as fat as you look on the telly”. I thought that was lovely… I know what they meant’ — Media personality Carol Vorderman (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘If good old comfortable telly and dearly loved child-focused films need an adult on hand for comforting purposes, how much more do children surfing the unexpurgated, deeply divisive and often terrifying internet need an ever-present guardian angel by their sides?’ — Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz