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On this day: March 14

Today’s birthdays

Sir Michael Caine, actor (pictured), 86

Quincy Jones, producer/composer, 86

Wolfgang Petersen, film director, 78

Rita Tushingham, actress, 77

Jasper Carrott, actor/comedian, 74

Pam Ayres, poet, 72

Billy Crystal, actor/comedian/director, 71

Tessa Sanderson, former athlete, 63

Prince Albert of Monaco, 61

Nicolas Anelka, football manager and former player, 40

Jamie Bell, actor, 33

It happened today…

1804:Johann Strauss the Elder, composer of waltzes, was born in Vienna.

1879:Albert Einstein (pictured below), physicist and mathematician, was born in Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

1883:Death of German philosopher and father of Communism Karl Marx.

1885:First production of The Mikado, by Gilbert and Sullivan, at the Savoy Theatre, London.

1939: The ‘Timeless’ Test between South Africa and England in Durban ended — it started on March 3 — because the England players had to rejoin their ship.

1961: The New English Bible was published.

1964:Jack Ruby was found guilty in Dallas of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of president John F Kennedy, and was sentenced to death. He died of a blood clot in the lung in 1967.

1984: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was shot and seriously injured by Loyalist gunmen.

1991: The Birmingham Six — six Irishmen jailed in 1975 for their alleged part in the IRA Birmingham pub bombings and the murder of 21 people — were freed after the court of appeal quashed their convictions.

Quote of the day

‘Your nose starts to bleed. You vomit. You’ve got tummy ache. Your mind loses control. Apparently, this is what it is like to climb Kilimanjaro. I thought Shirley was talking about watching Ed Balls try to dance’ — Best-selling writer Tony Parsons (pictured) quoting Strictly judge Shirley Ballas

Thought for the day

‘Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there’ — Aretha Franklin