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On this day: June 22

Today’s birthdays

Prunella Scales, actress, 88

Kris Kristofferson, singer/actor, 84

Esther Rantzen, TV presenter, 80

Meryl Streep, actress, 71

Lindsay Wagner, actress, 71

Alastair Stewart, newscaster, 68

Cyndi Lauper (pictured), singer, 67

Danny Baker, DJ and presenter, 63

Jimmy Somerville, singer, 59

Dan Brown, author, 56

It happened today…

1377: Richard II inherited the English throne, aged ten.

1757: George Vancouver, the explorer after whom Vancouver Island and the city are named, was born.

1814: MCC beat Hertfordshire in the first major cricket match played on the present Lord’s cricket ground in London’s St John’s Wood.

1896: Marconi patented his invention of the ‘wireless’.

1937: Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out James J Braddock in Chicago. He successfully defended the crown 25 times.

1940: France capitulated and accepted the armistice terms of Germany.

1941: The German Army invaded Russia.

1969: Singer Judy Garland (above) was found dead in her flat in London, aged 47.

1987: Fred Astaire, American actor and dancer, died aged 88.

Quote of the day

‘Dads reach out to sons, sons reach out to dads, your brothers, your mates, because the last three months, of course, have been very tough for everybody’ — JLS singer Marvin Humes (pictured).

Thought for the day

‘Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness’ — South African Anglican cleric Desmond Tutu