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On this day: May 27

Today’s birthdays

Dr Henry Kissinger, statesman, 97

Louis Gossett Jr, actor, 84

Duncan Goodhew, former swimmer, 63

Siouxsie Sioux (born Susan Ballion, pictured), rock singer, 63

Neil Finn, Crowded House singer, 62

Pat Cash, former tennis player, 55

Paul Gascoigne, former footballer, 53

Joseph Fiennes, actor, 50

Denise van Outen, TV star, 46

It happened today…

1679: The Habeas Corpus Act, stating that nobody could be held in prison without trial, was passed.

1703: Tsar Peter the Great founded St Petersburg and proclaimed it the new capital of Russia.

1818: Women’s rights campaigner Amelia Jenks Bloomer was born in New York. She caused such a stir by wearing trousers that they acquired her name – bloomers.

1837: James ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok, US frontiersman, was born in Troy Grove, Illinois.

1840: Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini died. He was reputed to have had a hand-spread which measured a staggering 18 inches.

1900: Belgium became the first country to elect a government by proportional representation.

1936: The Queen Mary left Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York.

1937: The 4,200ft Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (pictured above) was opened.

1940: Operation Dynamo — the evacuation of British and French troops from the Dunkirk beaches — began. It lasted until June 4.

1941: The German battleship Bismarck was sunk.

Thought for the day

‘Man has responsibility, not power’ — Native American proverb