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On this day: May 28

Today’s birthdays

Rudolph Giuliani, former New York mayor, 75

Gladys Knight, singer, 75

Michelle Collins, actress, 58

Kylie Minogue (pictured), singer and actress, 51

Jesse Bradford, actor, 40

Mark Feehily, singer (Westlife), 39

Alexa Davalos, actress, 37

Carey Mulligan, actress, 34

It happened today…

585BC: A timely total eclipse of the sun decided the Battle of Mesopotamia between Medes (now Iran) and Lydia (now Turkey). The blackened sky was read as a sign of God’s anger and an immediate truce was called.

1742: The first indoor swimming pool in England opened in London. The entrance fee was one guinea.

1842: The first public library was opened, in Frederick Street, Salford.

1907: The first Isle of Man motorcycle TT race was held.

1934: The first Glyndebourne Festival of opera opened with Mozart’s Figaro.

1951: The first Goon Show was broadcast by the BBC.

1967:Francis Chichester arrived back at Plymouth after sailing round the world single-handed in Gipsy Moth IV.

1972: The Duke of Windsor, the abdicated King Edward VIII (pictured above), died in Paris aged 77.

1982:Colonel H Jones was killed in action at the Battle of Goose Green during the Falklands War. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions as commanding officer of 2 Para during the attack in which 17 British and 250 Argentinians died.

1984:Eric Morecambe, of the Morecambe and Wise comedy duo, died in Cheltenham aged 58.

1987:Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German, flew his small aircraft through Soviet air space from Helsinki to Moscow, landing in Red Square.

Quote of the day

‘Some studios wanted me to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life’ — Sir Elton John (pictured) on the new film Rocketman

Thought for the day

‘For me, the only time to give up is when you are dead’ — Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager