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On this day: January 13

Today’s birthdays

Mark O’Meara, golfer, 63

Kevin Anderson, actor, 60

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, 59

Suggs McPherson (pictured), singer (Madness), 59

Penelope Ann Miller, actress, 56

Ronan Rafferty, golfer, 56

Stephen Hendry, snooker player, 51

Nicole Eggert, actress, 48

Orlando Bloom, actor, 43

Liam Hemsworth, actor, 30

It happened today…

1864: Stephen Foster, US composer of minstrel songs and ballads, 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.

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 from an emergency ejector seat.

1962: An outbreak of smallpox spread throughout Britain.

1964: Capitol Records released the first Beatles record in the US ‘to see how it goes’. I Wanna Hold Your Hand became its fastest-selling single.

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

1990: An army undercover unit shot dead three men robbing a betting shop in west Belfast.

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 (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, above) won the Golden Globe for best movie drama.

Quote of the day

‘I guess I was happy to be invisible for a little while, but at the same time I felt I was becoming less and less of a person. And being less and less visible was kind of hard to take when I used to be a pop star’ — Singer Louise Redknapp (pictured) on her marriage to ex-husband Jamie

Thought for the day

‘We cannot put off living until we are ready’ — Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset