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On this day: January 13

Today’s birthdays

Mark O’Meara, golfer, 64

Matthew Bourne, dance choreographer, 61

Kevin Anderson, actor, 61

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, 60

Graham ‘Suggs’ McPherson, Madness singer, 60

Penelope Ann Miller, actress, 57

Ronan Rafferty, golfer, 57

Bill Bailey (pictured), comedian and actor, 56

Patrick Dempsey, actor, 55

Stephen Hendry, snooker player turned commentator, 52

Shonda Rhimes, screenwriter, 51

Nicole Eggert, actress, 49

Orlando Bloom, actor, 44

Ruth Wilson, actress, 39

Liam Hemsworth, actor, 31

Max Whitlock, five-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast, 28

It happened today…

1864: Stephen Foster, US composer of minstrel songs and ballads (The Old Folks At Home, Beautiful Dreamer, etc) died after hitting his head on a chamber pot.

1887: Sophie Tucker, singer and vaudeville star known in America as ‘the last of the Red Hot Mamas’, was born in Russia.

1893: The Independent British Labour Party was formed by Keir Hardie.

1904: English composer Richard Addinsell was born. His most famous work was the Warsaw Concerto, which he wrote for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight.

1921: The first British patent for windscreen wipers was registered by Mills Munitions of Birmingham.

1942: The pilot of an experimental jet fighter became the first to leave his plane via an emergency ejector seat.

1962: An outbreak of smallpox spread throughout Britain.

Best movie drama: Steve McQueen with his Golden Globe award PICTURES: REX

1964: A reluctant Capitol Records released the first Beatles record in the US ‘to see how it goes’. I Wanna Hold Your Hand became their fastest-selling single — one million copies were sold in the first three weeks.

1982: A Boeing 737 crashed into a bridge, hitting five ships and killing 78 people, on the Potomac River in Washington DC.

1990: An Army undercover unit shot dead three men robbing a betting shop in west Belfast, causing uproar among republicans. Two of the raiders were hooded and carried replica guns.

2010: Pope Benedict XVI met and forgave the woman who knocked him down at Christmas Eve mass in 2009.

2013: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave won the coveted Golden Globe for best movie drama.

Quote of the day

‘3 days of food for 1 family… Just not good enough. Then imagine we expect the children to engage in learning from home’ — Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford criticises some free school meal food parcels that were shared in pictures on social media (above)

Thought for the day

‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken’ ― Writer Oscar Wilde