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On this day: January 10

Today’s birthdays

Rod Stewart, rock singer, 75

Aynsley Dunbar, rock drummer, 74

Donald Fagen, rock musician, 72

George Foreman (pictured), former boxer, 71

Pat Benatar, rock singer, 67

Shawn Colvin, folk singer, 64

Caroline Langrishe, actress, 62

Brian Cowen, former Irish prime minister, 60

Ian Poulter, golfer, 44

Abbey Clancy, model, 34

It happened today…

1645: Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud was beheaded for treason.

1840: Sir Rowland Hill introduced the Penny Post — 112,000 letters were sent in London on the first day.

1863: The London Underground was opened by William Gladstone. The Metropolitan Railway ran from Paddington to Farringdon Street, stopping at seven stations.

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

1901: The first oil strike was made — in Texas, US.

1920: The League of Nations held its first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. 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 (above), 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.

On this day last year: Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Sussex would be patron of the National Theatre, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works and Mayhew.

Quote of the day

‘While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like s***, on meth etc, they failed to realise I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease’ — Singer Justin Bieber (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘I can live without money, but I cannot live without love’ — Actress and singer Judy Garland