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