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On this day: March 27

Today’s birthdays

Julian Glover, actor, 85

Michael York, actor, 78

Tony Banks, musician (Genesis), 70

Quentin Tarantino, film director, 57

David Coulthard, former F1 racing driver, 49

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, former footballer, 48

Fergie, singer (Black Eyed Peas), 45

Jessie J (pictured), singer, 32

It happened today…

1625: Charles I was crowned King of England and Scotland.

1863: Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Motor Company, was born in Alwalton, near Peterborough, the son of a miller.

1923: Chemist and physicist Sir James Dewar, who invented the vacuum flask, died in London.

1924: Jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was born in New Jersey, US.

1931: Arnold Bennett, novelist and writer (Clayhanger) died of typhoid after a visit to Paris.

1945: The last of more than 1,000 V2 bombs dropped on Britain landed at Orpington, Kent.

1958: Nikita Khrushchev (pictured) ousted prime minister Nikolai Bulganin to take power in the USSR.

1966: Football’s World Cup trophy was found in a garden in south London by a dog called Pickles after it was stolen from an exhibition in Westminster Hall a week earlier.

1977: Two jumbo jets collided on the ground at foggy Tenerife airport, killing 574 people.

1980: Mount St Helens in Washington state, US, became active after 123 years.

1980: North Sea accommodation platform Alexander Kielland collapsed, killing 123 oil rig workers.

1991: David Icke, former goalkeeper, BBC sports presenter and Green Party spokesman, announced he had been ‘chosen’ to save the world.

Quote of the day

‘After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided the time is right to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the presenting world alongside his brother Curtis’ — AJ Pritchard (pictured) shocks Strictly fans by announcing his departure.

Thought for the day

‘Any fool can criticise, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving’ — US writer Dale Carnegie