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On this day: May 2

Today’s birthdays

Bianca Jagger, 74

David Suchet, actor, 73

Alan Titchmarsh, horticulturist and broadcaster, 70

Isla St Clair, TV personality, 67

David O’Leary, former footballer/manager, 61

Jimmy White, snooker player, 57

Brian Lara, former cricketer, 59

David Beckham (pictured), former footballer, 44

It happened today…

1519:Leonardo da Vinci (pictured below), Italian artist and man of science, died at the Chateau Cloux near Amboise.

1670:King Charles II granted a permanent charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.

1859: Jerome K Jerome, novelist whose Three Men In A Boat sold more than one million copies, was born in Walsall.

1942:HMS Edinburgh was sunk in the Barents Sea off Norway. Its cargo of gold bars lay in 803 feet of water until salvaged in 1981.

1952: The first jet passenger service began between London and Johannesburg.

1953: Stanley Matthews, at 38, won his first FA Cup winner’s medal as Blackpool beat Bolton 4-3 after trailing 3-1.

1969: The Queen Elizabeth II sailed from Southampton on her maiden voyage.

1982: The Argentine cruiser General Belgrano was sunk by British submarine HMS Conqueror off the Falklands.

2011: US president Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man, was dead.

Quote of the day

‘I have danced in a cage in Magaluf’ — MP Heidi Allen, of the Change UK Party, on her past exploits

Thought for the day

‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone’ — film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn