instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

On this day: July 11

Today’s birthdays

Giorgio Armani, fashion designer, 84

John Kettley, TV weatherman, 66

Leon Spinks, former boxer, 65

Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi rock guitarist, 59

Suzanne Vega, singer, 59

Caroline Quentin, actress, 58

Craig Charles (pictured), comedian/actor, 54

Tony Cottee, former footballer, 53

Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer prize-winning author, 51

Lil Kim, rapper and pop star, 44

Caroline Wozniacki, Danish professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in singles, 28

It happened today…

1274: Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland who defeated the English at Bannockburn, was born at Turnberry, Ayrshire.

1690: William of Orange defeated the deposed Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.

1754: Shakespearean censor Thomas Bowdler was born. Though he loved the Bard’s works, he considered some to be vulgar and ‘unfit to be read by a gentleman in the company of ladies’. His solution was to cut lumps wholesale — and from this came the verb‘to bowdlerise‘.

1776: Explorer Captain James Cook (pictured) set sail from Plymouth on his third voyage of discovery, in search of a passage around the the northern coast of America from the Pacific side.

1937: George Gershwin, American composer, whose work includes Rhapsody In Blue and Porgy And Bess, died aged 38 of a brain tumour.

1949: The first film made specially for British television, A Dinner Date With Death, was shot at Marylebone Studios between July 11 and 14.

1950: Puppets Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo first appeared on BBC Television. The episodes were repeated for more than 25 years, until the film began to wear out, and Andy waved his last goodbye from the basket.

1975: China’s great Terracotta Army was uncovered near the ancient capital of Xian. More than 6,000 life-sized warriors were made around 206BC to guard the tomb of the first emperor.

1979: America’s Skylab I space staion returned to Earth after 34,981 orbits in six years.

1989: Theatre lights were dimmed in London and around Britain as a mark of respect for Lord Olivier, who died in his sleep, aged 82.

Quote of the day

‘I generally have to watch it on my own because I’m a danger to myself and others’ — Former EastEnders star Ross Kemp saying he is banished to the other end of the house when he watches England’s World Cup matches

Thought for the day

‘You know, once you hit rock bottom, where is there to go?. You’re not going to go to the centre of the Earth. You’ve got to go up’ — TV’s Katie Price looks on the bright side after going through a break-up and learning her mum has incurable lung disease