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On this day: June 20

Today’s birthdays

Olympia Dukakis, actress, 88

Danny Aiello, actor, 86

Wendy Craig, actress, 85

Stephen Frears, film director, 78

Brian Wilson (pictured), rock musician (Beach Boys), 77

Lionel Richie, singer/songwriter, 70

John Goodman, actor, 67

Vikram Seth, novelist, 67

Peter Reid, former football player and pundit, 63

Nicole Kidman, actress, 52

Frank Lampard, football manager, 41

It happened today…

1756:Night of the Black Hole Of Calcutta. Some 146 English prisoners were put into a cell measuring 18ft by 14ft on a hot June evening when the Nawab of Bengal captured Fort William. Only 23 survived the night.

1789: The seeds of the French Revolution were sown when a National Assembly was formed to oppose the domination of the aristocracy.

1819: Composer Jacques Offenbach — creator of Tales Of Hoffman and Orpheus In The Underworld — was born in Cologne. He lived and worked in France.

1837:William IV (the Sailor King) died at Windsor, and his niece Alexandrine Victoria, aged 18, came to the throne. When she was handed documents at her first Privy Council meeting, she instructed officials to delete Alexandrine and name her Queen Victoria.

1909: Errol Flynn (pictured) was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He was swashbuckling long before he got to Hollywood, as a deck-hand, prospector, tropical bird hunter and policeman.

1927:Greyhound racing began at London’s White City stadium.

1949: American tennis player ‘Gorgeous Gussie’ Moran caused a sensation at Wimbledon by wearing lace-trimmed underwear under her short skirt, designed by Teddy Tinling.

1960:Nan Winton became the first woman to read the national news on BBC television.

1977: A pipeline carrying oil across Alaska was opened.

1990: The Agra Diamond was sold for a record £4,070,000 at Christie’s.

Quote of the day

‘Her last job was at a fish and chip shop and she returned with whatever was left. She might have seven fish and a steak. And that would be our dinner. We ate like sea lions’ — Comedian Frank Skinner (pictured) on his mother

Thought for the day

‘Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation’ — Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde