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On this day: January 7

Today’s birthdays

Hunter Davies, journalist and author, 83

Kenny Loggins, rock singer, 71

Erin Gray, actress, 69

Helen Worth, actress, 68

Nicolas Cage, actor/producer, 55

Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, 52

Lewis Hamilton (pictured), Formula One racing driver, 34

Trevor Nelson, DJ and presenter, 55

Ian La Frenais, TV and film writer, 83

Eden Hazard, footballer, 28

Jeremy Renner, movie actor, 48

Aloe Blacc, musician, 40

It happened today…

1558:Calais, the last English possession on the mainland of France, was regained by the French.

1610:Galileo discovered the four satellites of Jupiter.

1789: The first national US elections were held: George Washington (below) became the first president.

1844:Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (Marie-Bernarde Soubirous) was born. She was an asthmatic French girl who claimed to see a vision of the Virgin Mary at a spring near her home.

1857: The London Central Omnibus Company started its first services.

1927: The transatlantic telephone service between London and New York opened.

1967:BBC One began serialisation of The Forsyte Saga. It became compulsive viewing and resulted in clergymen changing the times of Sunday evening church services.

1989:Emperor Hirohito of Japan died, aged 87. He had reigned for more than 62 years.

1990: The leaning tower of Pisa was closed to the public for the first time in 807 years so work could begin to stop it leaning any further.

Quote of the day

‘Not dying, not dead, not slipping away. Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better’ — Comedian Sir Billy Connolly after an earlier statement that his life was ‘slipping away’

Thought for the day

‘Don’t confuse my personality with my attitude. My personality is who I am. My attitude depends on who you are’ —
Musician Frank Ocean