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On this day: May 22

Today’s birthdays

Cheryl Campbell, actress, 71

Bernie Taupin, songwriter, 70

Morrissey, singer, 61

Naomi Campbell (pictured), model, 50

Katie Price, TV personality, 42

Novak Djokovic, tennis player, 33

It happened today…

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

1611: James I created the title ‘baronet’.

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

1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, 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 (above).

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 a minimum of 30 years.

Quote of the day

‘Whenever I receive online hate it’s always to do with my sexuality. As a gay man of 33 I think I’ve built up quite a thick skin and I do have a strength — that is not to say it doesn’t hurt and it’s certainly not right, but I’ve built up this immunity’ — The Only Way Is Essex star Bobby Norris (pictured) tells MPs about trolling and almost daily death threats

Thought for the day

‘When in doubt tell the truth’ — Writer Mark Twain