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On this day: June 3

Today’s birthdays

Penelope Wilton, actress, 74

Suzi Quatro, rock singer, 70

George Burley, football manager, 65

Clive Mantle, actor, 63

James Purefoy, actor, 56

Wasim Akram, former cricketer, 54

Kelly Jones, Stereophonics singer-songwriter, 46

Jodie Whittaker, Doctor Who actress, 38

Rafael Nadal (pictured), tennis player, 34

Michelle Keegan, actress, 33

It happened today…

959AD: Edgar, first King of All England, was crowned on Whit Sunday by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the Saxon abbey on the site of the present Bath Abbey

1899: Johann Strauss the Younger, Austrian composer, violinist and conductor who wrote The Blue Danube waltz, died

1899: England cricket captain WG Grace played his final Test match, aged 50, against Australia at Trent Bridge

1931: The Baird Company televised the Epsom Derby, which was transmitted by the BBC

1937: The Duke of Windsor (below), the abdicated King Edward VIII, married Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France

1946: The first bikini bathing suit was unveiled in Paris, invented by Louis Reard, a former motor engineer

1956: Third class rail travel was abolished in Britain and renamed second class

1965: The Gemini 4 spaceship was launched, with James McDivitt and Edward White on board. During the flight, White became the first American to walk in space

1971: The longest running comedy in theatre history, No Sex Please We’re British, opened in London, with Michael Crawford in the cast. It closed on September 5, 1987

1978: The Guinness Book of Records went into the Guinness Book of Records – as the most stolen book from British libraries

2019: A museum was in talks to acquire the giant Donald Trump Baby blimp that was flown over Parliament Square during protests amid Trump’s visit to the UK

Quote of the day

‘As of couple days after George Floyd’s death, my grandfather texted me and told me he’s glad that I am not living in the US right now because he would fear for my life as a young black man… He was born in 1946, lived through the civil rights movement, lived through some terribly racist times in US history, and now 70 years later he STILL fears for the life of his black grandchild, in the country he and his grandchild were born in’ — Newcastle United’s American defender DeAndre Yedlin (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘We are the same. There is no difference anywhere in the world. People are people. They laugh, cry, feel and love, and music seems to be the common denomination that brings us all together. Music cuts through all boundaries and goes right to the soul’ — Country singer/songwriter Willie Nelson