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On this day: May 14

Today’s birthdays

George Lucas (pictured), filmmaker, 75

Francesca Annis, actress, 74

David Byrne, musician (Talking Heads), 67

Robert Zemeckis, film director, 67

Tim Roth, actor, 58

Ian Astbury, singer (The Cult), 57

Cate Blanchett, actress, 50; Olly Murs, singer, 35

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder, 35

It happened today…

1610:Henry IV of France, ‘Good King Henry’, was murdered by a mad monk in Paris

1643:Louis XIV became King of France at the age of four years 231 days — and reigned for more than 72 years

1727: Artist Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury, Suffolk

1779:The Oaks was first run at Epsom

1796:Edward Jenner made his first vaccination against smallpox, and laid the foundation for modern immunology

1811:Paraguay proclaimed its independence

1842: The British periodical Illustrated London News was first published

1921: The British Legion was founded in London — it became the Royal British Legion in 1971

1948:Israel was established as a Jewish state following the partition of Palestine

1955:Eastern Bloc countries signed the Warsaw Pact

1987: American actress Rita Hayworth died

2018: A volcano in southern Japan, which once appeared in a James Bond film, erupted, shooting grey smoke and ash thousands of feet into the sky

Quote of the day

‘When I do feel myself going down a rabbit hole, it gets to a point where you’re almost craving something negative so you can sit in a hole of sadness. It’s really bizarre the way that it starts to consume you’ — Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams on negative comments on social media

Thought for the day

‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do’ — Pele