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On this day: May 18

Today’s birthdays

Miriam Margolyes, actress, 79

Nobby Stiles, former footballer, 78

Rick Wakeman, rock musician, 71

Chow Yun-Fat, actor, 65

Toyah Willcox (pictured), singer/actress, 62

Holly Aird, actress, 51

Martika, singer/actress, 51

Tina Fey, actress/comedian/writer, 50

Danny Mills, former footballer, 43

It happened today…

1642: Montreal in Canada was founded.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor of France.

1872: Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, nuclear disarmer and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, was born in Monmouthshire.

1882: The present Eddystone Lighthouse, the fourth in existence, was opened.

1909: Fred Perry (above), three-time Wimbledon men’s singles champion, was born.

1961: The first London production of The Sound Of Music opened.

1980: Mount St Helens volcano in the American state of Washington erupted, killing dozens of people, with an ash cloud 2,500 miles long and 1,000 miles wide.

1990: A treaty was signed in Bonn introducing economic and monetary union between East and West Germany.

Quote of the day

‘Oh, it’d be completely different. Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure. I’m not sure what else, but, to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong’ — Actress Lisa Kudrow (pictured), Phoebe in Friends, defends the show

Thought for the day

‘Nothing can be done except little by little’ — French poet Charles Baudelaire