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On this day: June 29

Today’s birthdays

Charlotte Bingham, novelist, 78

Gary Busey, actor, 76

Ian Paice, rock drummer, 72

Mark Radcliffe, DJ, 62

Amanda Donohoe, actress, 58

Paul Zenon, TV magician, 56

Sam Bailey, singer/former X Factor winner, 43

Nicole Scherzinger (pictured), singer, 42

Katherine Jenkins, opera singer, 40

Fran Kirby, footballer, 27

George Sampson, street dancer/former Britain’s Got Talent winner, 27

It happened today…

1613: The Globe Theatre in London burned down after a cannon was fired during a Shakespeare play and set fire to the straw roof.

1620: After earlier denouncing smoking as a health hazard, King James I banned the growing of tobacco in Britain.

1801: The first census in Britain was carried out, showing a population totalling 8,872,000.

1855: The Daily Telegraph was published in London for the first time, priced two pence, with Alfred Bate Richards its first editor.

1868: The Press Association, the UK’s national news agency, was founded in London.

1905: The inaugural meeting of the Automobile Association (AA) took place at the Trocadero Restaurant in London, attended by 50 motorists.

1956: Actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller (both pictured above).

1960: BBC Television Centre opened in London.

1966: Barclays Bank introduced Barclaycard, the first British credit card.

1986: Richard Branson’s boat Virgin Atlantic Challenger II completed the fastest Atlantic crossing in three days, eight hours and 31 minutes.

Quote of the day

‘Definitely. I think you’ve seen that already’ — Ed Miliband (pictured in 2015) when asked by BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr if Sir Keir Starmer is going to be a better Labour Party leader than him

Thought for the day

‘Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think’ — American writer and self-improvement lecturer Dale Carnegie