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On this day: May 3

Today’s birthdays

Frankie Valli, singer, 85

Mary Hopkin, singer, 69

Christopher Cross, singer, 68

Ben Elton (pictured), comedian and author, 60

Kathy Cook, former athlete, 59

Steve McClaren, football manager, 58

Rob Brydon, actor/comedian, 54

Bobby Cannavale, actor, 49

Christina Hendricks, actress, 44

Poppy Delevingne, model, 32

Zoe De Grand Maison, actress, 23

Alex Iwobi, football star, 22

It happened today…

1469:Niccolo Machiavelli, statesman and historian, was born in Florence.

1494:Christopher Columbusdiscovered Jamaica while in search of a westward route to the East.

1808: A duel was fought between two hot air balloonists over Paris.

1814:Louis XVIII took the throne of France after Napoleon’s defeat and exile by the allies.

1903:Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, as Harry Lillis Crosby.

1903: The first electric train ran through the Mersey Railway tunnel between Liverpool and Birkenhead.

1934: Author HG Wells predicted there would be a major world war by 1940.

1951: The Festival of Britain was opened by King George VI on a bombsite near London’s Waterloo station.

1952: Newcastle United became the first team since 1891 to win two English FA Cup finals in succession by beating Arsenal 1-0.

1968: The first heart transplant in Britain was carried out at the National Heart Hospital, Marylebone, London.

2007: British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

2013: A Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 million years ago was discovered in China.

Quote of the day

‘Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone’ — Film director Steven Spielberg (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Reading is to the mind what exercising is to the body’ — Writer and politicianJoseph Addison