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On this day: July 24

Today’s birthdays

Chris Sarandon, actor, 78

Lynda Carter, actress, 69

Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, politician, 69

Gus Van Sant, director, 68

Joe McGann, actor, 62

Kerry Dixon, former footballer, 59

Martin Keown, former footballer, 54

Jennifer Lopez (pictured), singer and actress, 51

Anna Paquin, actress, 38

It happened today…

1567: Mary Queen of Scots abdicated after defeat by the Protestants at Carberry Hill

1704: Admiral Sir George Rooke captured Gibraltar from the Spanish

1802: Alexandre Dumas, French creator of The Three Musketeers, was born near Soissons

1824: The first public opinion poll was conducted in Wilmington, Delaware, on voting intentions in the forthcoming US presidential election

1883: Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875, drowned attempting to swim the rapids below Niagara Falls

1908: Some 56 runners began the London Marathon from the east lawn of Windsor Castle. An extra 385 yards was added to the 26-mile course so that they finished in front of the Royal Box at White City Stadium

1925: Six-year-old Patricia Cheeseman was the first person to be successfully treated with insulin, at Guy’s Hospital in London

1935: Greetings telegrams were introduced by the GPO. If they were in a gold envelope they cost an extra threepence

1980: Peter Sellers (pictured above as Inspector Clouseau in The Return Of The Pink Panther) died in hospital, two days after a heart attack at a reunion lunch with fellow Goons Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe

2019: Boris Johnson succeeded Theresa May as prime minister

Quote of the day

‘2020 has been a year unlike any other. As we emerge months away from loved ones and trying times, I am delighted that we can start to look forward to enjoying so many of the things that we might have taken for granted before’ — The Prince of Wales (pictured) welcomes visitors back to the Queen’s official residences after they reopened to the public

Thought for the day

‘Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well’ — Author Robert Louis Stevenson