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On this day: May 16

Today’s birthdays

Roy Hudd, comedian, 82

Danny Trejo, actor, 74

Judy Finnigan (pictured), TV presenter/columnist, 70

Christian Lacroix, fashion designer, 67

Pierce Brosnan, actor, 65

Debra Winger, actress, 63

Mary Anne Hobbs, radio DJ, 54

Janet Jackson, soul singer, 52

David Boreanaz, actor, 49

Gabriela Sabatini, former tennis player, 48

Richard Blackwood, comedian and actor, 46

Tori Spelling, actress, 45

Charlotte Hawkins, Good Morning Britain presenter, 43

Megan Fox, actress and model, 32

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, actor, 28

It happened today…

1763: Writer Dr Samuel Johnson and his eventual biographer James Boswell met for the first time at Tom Davie’s bookshop in Russell Street, London.

1770: The Dauphin of France — later Louis XVI — married Marie Antoinette.

1875: The Kentucky Derby was first run at Louisville, Kentucky.

1888: Gramophone inventor Emile Berliner gave the first demonstration of flat disc recording and reproduction before members of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia.

1919: Pianist and entertainer (Wladziu Valentino) Liberace was born in Wisconsin. His father wanted him to be an undertaker.

1920: Joan of Arc was canonised.

1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in Hollywood — the name Oscar was not used for another few years. Emil Jannings was the first best actor and Janet Gaynor best actress.

1943: The Dambusters raid on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams in Germany took place, using the ‘bouncing bombs’ invented by Dr Barnes Wallis.

1956: Jim Laker, playing for Surrey, took all 10 Australian wickets for 88 in 46 overs at the Oval. A month later, playing for England, he took 19 wickets in the Test match against Australia at Old Trafford.

1983: London police began wheel clamping illegally parked vehicles.

1991: The Queen became the first British monarch to address the US Congress.

2007: Nicolas Sarkozy took office as president of France.

Quote of the day

‘When my wife and I argue, we are like a band in concert. We start with some new stuff and then we roll out our greatest hits’ — Comedian Frank Skinner

Thought of the day

‘I have discovered that for me — now, maybe it doesn’t work for everybody — for me, it is much more effective to arrive at any situation as a man from Mars than to try to fit in’ — Author Tom Wolfe, who died on Monday