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On this day: March 25

Today’s birthdays

Richard O’Brien, actor/writer (Rocky Horror Show), 77

Paul Michael Glaser, actor, 76

Sir Elton John (pictured), singer/songwriter, 72

Sarah Jessica Parker, actress, 54

Cathy Dennis, singer/songwriter, 50

Melanie Blatt, singer, 44

Lee Pace, actor, 40

It happened today…

1306: Robert Bruce was crowned King of Scots at Scone.

1655: Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens.

1807: The Slave Trade Act became law. The act abolished the slave trade in Britain and Ireland.

1843: The Thames Tunnel, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, opened to pedestrians between Rotherhithe and Wapping in London.

1957: Six nations (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) signed the Treaty of Rome to create the European Economic Community.

1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their week-long ‘bed-in’ peace protest at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (pictured).

1975: Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal was assassinated by his nephew Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed, who was later executed for the killing.

1980:Robert Runcie was enthroned as the 102nd Archbishop of Canterbury.

1980: The British Olympic Association announced it would defy the government and send athletes to the Olympic Games in Moscow despite the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, which caused a United States-led boycott of the Games.

1989: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race crews both had women coxes for the first time. Oxford won by two-and-a-half lengths.

1992: Pakistan beat England by 22 runs to win the ICC Cricket World Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

1996: The EU’s Veterinarian Committee banned the export of British beef and its by-products due to fears over mad cow disease (BSE).

Quote of the day

‘I have said it now. All done. She is going to kill me’ — Mel B (pictured) after reportedly admitting a one-night stand with fellow Spice Girl Geri Horner

Thought for the day

‘No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up’ — Comedian and actress Lily Tomlin