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On this day: July 30

Today’s birthdays

Buddy Guy, blues guitarist, 84

Peter Bogdanovich, film director, 81

Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor, 80

Paul Anka, singer, 79

Frances de la Tour, actress, 76

Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and former governor of California, 73

Jean Reno, actor, 72

Harriet Harman, Labour MP, 70

Kate Bush, singer, 62

Daley Thompson, former athlete, 62

Laurence Fishburne (pictured), actor, 59

Lisa Kudrow, actress, 57

Vivica Fox, actress, 56

Craig Gannon, former Smiths guitarist, 54

Sean Moore, Manic Street Preachers drummer, 52

Christopher Nolan, film director, 50

Hilary Swank, actress, 46

Jason Robinson, former rugby player, 46

Hope Solo, World Cup-winning footballer, 39

Aml Ameen, actor, 35

Hannah Cockroft, world record-holding wheelchair racer, 28

It happened today…

1718: William Penn, founder of The Quakers, died in Pennsylvania.

1818: Emily Bronte, English novelist, was born. One of the three famous sisters, she wrote her single masterpiece Wuthering Heights under the name of Ellis Bell in 1846.

1863: Henry Ford, father of the mass-produced car, was born in Dearborn, Michigan. He built his first car in his spare time in a shed behind his house in Detroit.

1898: Sculptor Henry Moore was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire

Moore, please: Spirit And Endeavour on display at Salisbury Cathedral in May this year

1900: London Underground’s Central Line was opened by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) with a flat rate of tuppence for all destinations.

1930: Uruguay won football’s first World Cup.

1935: Ariel, a life of Shelley by Andre Maurois, was the first Penguin paperback book to be published, price sixpence.

1963: ‘Third Man’ Kim Philby turned up in Moscow after escaping arrest in Britain for spying.

1966: England beat West Germany 4-2 in extra time — with a hat-trick from Geoff Hurst — to win the World Cup.

1973: The Thalidomide Case, taken up by the Sunday Times on behalf of the victims, ended after 11 years, with compensation of £20million.

1990: Ian Gow, Conservative MP for Eastbourne, was murdered by an IRA bomb at his home in the Sussex village of Hankham.

2006: World’s longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two after 42 years.

2007: Two film directing legends die — Italian Michelangelo Antonioni, aged 94, and Swedish Ingmar Bergman, 89.

2011: The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby star Mike Tindall in a simple private ceremony.

2013: Wikileaks discloser Bradley [later Chelsea] Manning is convicted of 17 espionage charges.

Quote of the day

‘Since being a dad, without a doubt, football has become way more important to me than [it] ever used to, it’s really weird. Like, it’s changed a lot. I need to go and be amongst other guys and kind of let out a bit of steam, shout a bit. Not abuse the referee — because I’m the president of the FA and I can’t do that — but in my head I am’ — The Duke of Cambridge on fatherhood and football

Thought for the day

‘I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself’ — Author Emily Bronte might well have enjoyed lockdown