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On this day: March 10

Today’s birthdays

Chuck Norris, actor, 80

Garth Crooks, broadcaster and former footballer, 62

Sharon Stone, actress, 62

Neneh Cherry (pictured), singer, 56

Prince Edward, 56

Edie Brickell, singer, 54

Jon Hamm, actor, 49

Chris Sutton, former footballer, 47

Colin Murray, radio and TV presenter, 43

Robin Thicke, singer, 43

Rita Simons, EastEnders actress, 43

Rafe Spall, actor, 37

Olivia Wilde, actress, 36

Emeli Sandé, singer, 33

It happened today…

1876: The first recognisable words were transmitted by telephone over 100ft of wire. Speaking to his assistant, inventor Alexander Graham Bell said: ‘Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you.’

1886: The first Crufts Dog Show to be held in London was organised by Charles Cruft, general manager of a dog biscuit firm.

1906: The Bakerloo Line on the London Underground was opened.

1910: The first film made in Hollywood was released: DW Griffith’s In Old California.

1914: The Rokeby Venus (above) by DiegoVelazquez, in London’s National Gallery, was damaged by suffragettes.

1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to murdering American civil rights leader Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in jail.

1988: The Prince of Wales narrowly escaped death in an avalanche at Klosters in the Swiss Alps. His friend Hugh Lindsay was killed.

1990: Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft was sentenced to death by an Iraqi military court for espionage. Daphne Parish, a British nurse accused of helping him, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

1994: Frederick West was charged with the murder of eight women after they were dug up in the garden of his Gloucester home.

Quote of the day

‘We will miss them. They just look as if they belong’ — Royal commentator Penny Junor after the last official appearance by Harry and Meghan (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Surprise is the greatest gift life can grant us’ — Russian novelist Boris Pasternak