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On this day: February 6

Today’s birthdays

Rip Torn, actor, 88

Jimmy Tarbuck, comedian, 79

Kevin Whately, actor, 68

Axl Rose, rock singer, 57

Rick Astley (pictured), singer, 53

Alice Eve, actress, 37

Darren Bent, footballer, 35

It happened today…

1665: Queen Anne, last Stuart ruler, second daughter of James II, was born in London.

1685: The ‘merry monarch’ Charles II died. Some say his last words to his brother James were: ‘Don’t let poor Nellie starve’ — a reference to his favourite mistress Nell Gwyn.

1783: English landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown died. Kew Gardens and the grounds at Blenheim Palace are examples of his work.

1788: Massachusetts became the sixth state of the United States.

1838: Sir Henry Irving, English actor, was born in Somerset. He was the first actor to be knighted.

1918: The Representation of the People Act received Royal Assent, granting the vote to women over 30.

1927: A boy violinist in short trousers, aged 10, caused a sensation in Paris when he performed Symphonie Espagnole. The child prodigy was Yehudi Menuhin (pictured above).

1952: King George VI died during the night at Sandringham, aged 56. His daughter, on safari in Africa at the time, succeeded as Elizabeth II.

1958: Seven Manchester United footballers — the Busby Babes — were killed when their plane crashed in thick snow at Munich airport. An eighth, Duncan Edwards, died 15 days later in hospital.

1983: Nazi fugitive Klaus Barbie was charged in Lyon, France, with crimes against humanity.

1997: A widow was allowed to be inseminated with her dead husband’s sperm by the Court of Appeal in a historic judgement.

2001: Ariel Sharon, leader of the right-wing Likud party, became the new prime minister of Israel.

Quote of the day

‘I don’t think we have got a leader really. We have got an arguer’ — Hollywood star Shirley MacLaine (pictured) on US president Donald Trump

Thought for the day

‘To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it’ — Chinese philosopher Confucius