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On this day: January 10

Today’s birthdays

Rod Stewart (pictured), singer, 74

Aynsley Dunbar, rock drummer, 73

Donald Fagen, rock musician, 71

George Foreman, former boxer, 70

Pat Benatar, rock singer, 66

Shawn Colvin, folk singer, 63

Caroline Langrishe, actress, 61

Brian Cowen, former Irish prime minister, 59

Ian Poulter, golfer, 43

Abbey Clancy, model and TV presenter, 33

Tony Gardner, actor, 55

It happened today…

1645:Archbishop of CanterburyWilliam Laud was beheaded on Tower Hill for treason.

1840:Sir Rowland Hill introduced the Penny Post with 112,000 letters posted in London on the first day.

1863: The London Underground railway was opened by William Gladstone. The Metropolitan Railway (below) went from Paddington to Farringdon Street, stopping at seven stations.

1880:Grock the circus clown was born as Adrien Wettach in Switzerland.

1890:Cleopatra’s tomb was discovered.

1901: The first oil strike in Texas.

1920: The League of Nations held its first meeting at Geneva. It was dissolved in 1946 and replaced by the United Nations.

1929: The cartoon character Tintin appeared for the first time.

1935: The so-called King and Queen of Hollywood, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, were divorced.

1971:Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and one of the most influential couturiers of the 20th century, died aged 87.

1985:Eight people were killed in a gas blast in Putney, south-west London.

2007:David Beckham agreed to sign a five-year deal with US side Los Angeles Galaxy worth £128million.

Quote of the day

‘My advice is drink through it. Get a tumbler of the local grog and just wash it down. Don’t ask too many questions. Drink the undrinkable. Eat the inedible. Dance all night’ — Comedian Sue Perkins (pictured) who claims to have eaten barbecued rat in China and roadside spiders garnished with pig guts in Cambodia

Thought for the day

‘History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon’ — Napoleon Bonaparte