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On this day: January 21

Today’s birthdays

Jack Nicklaus, former golfer, 80

Placido Domingo, tenor, 79

Martin Shaw, actor, 75

Jill Eikenberry, actress, 73

Billy Ocean, singer, 70

Geena Davis, actress, 64

Ian Salisbury, former cricketer, 50

Nicky Butt, former footballer, 44

Emma Bunton (pictured), singer, 44

Phil Neville, former footballer, 43

It happened today…

AD 304: St Agnes was martyred — burnt at the stake at the age of 13 when she refused an arranged marriage.

1793: Louis XVI, king of France since 1774, was guillotined after being found guilty of treason.

1846: The Daily News, the newspaper edited by Charles Dickens, was first published.

1907: Taxi cabs were officially recognised in Britain.

1911: The first Monte Carlo Rally began.

1924: Vladimir Lenin (above), father of the Russian Revolution, died of a brain haemorrhage at Gorki, outside Moscow.

1950: George Orwell (pen name of British author Eric Arthur Blair) died. His best-known works include Animal Farm and 1984.

1954: America launched the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine.

1976: British and French Concordes made their maiden flights from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro.

1991: Iraq threatened to use shot-down allied airmen as human shields against bomb attacks.

Quote of the day

‘We got picked up from my house in a car and I had to put on a balaclava, a crash helmet and a big hooded top that said “Don’t speak to me”‘ — Former footballer Teddy Sheringham (pictured) reveals the elaborate scheme to keep his identity a secret on The Masked Singer

Thought for the day

‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?’ — Activist Martin Luther King Jr