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On this day: May 11

Today’s birthdays

Louis Farrakhan, leader of Nation of Islam, 87

Eric Burdon, rock singer (The Animals), 79

Pam Ferris (pictured), actress, 72

Jeremy Paxman, broadcaster, 70

Frances Fisher, actress, 68

John Parrott, former snooker player/commentator, 56

Holly Valance, actress and singer, 37

Andrés Iniesta, footballer, 36

It happened today…

330: Constantinople became the new capital of the Roman Empire.

1812: British prime minister Spencer Perceval was shot dead by a bankrupt broker, John Bellingham, as he entered the House of Commons.

1888: Songwriter Irving Berlin was born as Israel Baline in Siberia.

1981: Reggae singer Bob Marley (above) died of cancer.

1985: A fire broke out in the main stand of Bradford City football ground and 56 spectators died.

1997: World chess champion Gary Kasparov was defeated by IBM supercomputer Deep Blue.

2010: Conservative Party leader David Cameron became prime minister, with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg announced as his deputy.

Quote of the day

‘Have I taken things a bit too far? Probably’ — Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan (pictured) on his criticism of the Duchess of Sussex

Thought for the day

‘Necessity dispenseth with decorum’ — Philosopher Thomas Carlyle