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On this day: June 1

Today’s birthdays

Morgan Freeman, actor, 83

Brian Cox, actor, 74

Jan Harvey, actress, 73

Jonathan Pryce, actor, 73

Ronnie Wood, Rolling Stones guitarist, 73

Martin Brundle, former racing driver and commentator, 61

Nigel Short, chess player, 55

Jason Donovan, actor/singer, 52

Heidi Klum (pictured), model and actress, 47

Alanis Morissette, singer, 46

Tom Holland, actor, 24

It happened today…

1831: The magnetic North Pole was located by Sir James Clark Ross on his Arctic exploration expedition with Admiral Parry

1880: The first telephone box for public use, in New Haven, Connecticut, US, went into service

1911: Britain’s first electric trolley buses began operating in Bradford and Leeds

1915: Zeppelins carried out their first raid on London

1935: Driving tests were introduced and L plates made compulsory in Britain

1946: The first TV licences were issued in Britain, for £2

1953: Gordon Richards (pictured) became the first jockey to be knighted. Six days later he won the Derby at his 28th attempt

1957: The first Premium Bond prize winners were drawn by the computer Ernie, with a first prize of £1,000

1958: The Clean Air Act came into force

2019: Thousands of Hells Angels bikers gathered for a three-day event marking the club’s 50th anniversary in the UK

Quote of the day

‘We can’t just stay in lockdown for ever. We have got to transition’ — Foreign secretary Dominic Raab (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Common sense is not so common’ — French writer Voltaire (1694-1778)