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On this day: May 22

Today’s birthdays

Cheryl Campbell, actress, 70

Bernie Taupin, songwriter, 69

Morrissey, singer, 60

Naomi Campbell (pictured), model, 49

Katie Price, media personality, 41

Denise Welch, actress and TV presenter, 61

Jerry Dammers, musician (The Specials), 64

Arlene Phillips, dancer and choreographer, 76

David Schneider, actor and comedian, 56

Novak Djokovic, tennis player, 32

It happened today…

1455: In the War of the Roses, the Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists at the Battle of St Albans.

1611:James Icreated the title ‘baronet’.

1813:Richard Wagner, operatic composer, was born in Leipzig.

1859:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes (as played by Basil Rathbone, below), was born of Irish parents in Edinburgh.

1897: The Blackwall Tunnel under the Thames was officially opened.

1908: The Wright Brothers patented their flying machine.

1972:Ceylon became the Republic of Sri Lanka.

1981:‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others. He was sentenced to 30 years minimum.

Quote of the day

‘I’m not a duke, but I am related to the Murrays of Atholl — although I’d have to kill 800 people to get the title’ — Pub Landlord comedian Al Murray (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials’ — Martial arts actor Bruce Lee