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On this day: May 30

Today’s birthdays

Bob Willis, broadcaster and former cricketer, 70

Harry Enfield (pictured), comedian, 58

Wynonna Judd, country singer/actress, 55

Tim Burgess, rock singer (The Charlatans), 52

Andy Farrell, former rugby player, 44

Steven Gerrard, former footballer, 39

Jennifer Ellison, actress, 36

Jonathan Fox, swimmer, 28

Topper Headon, drummer (The Clash), 64

Sally Dynevor, actress (Coronation Street), 56

CeeLo Green, singer (Gnarls Barkley), 44

It happened today…

1431:Joan of Arc, French peasant girl who became a national heroine, was burned at the stake in Rouen for heresy. She was canonised in 1920 on the anniversary of her death.

1498:Christopher Columbus set sail on his third voyage of discovery in which he would discover the South American mainland.

1536:King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, the third of his six wives, in the Queen’s Chapel, Whitehall, 11 days after the execution of Anne Boleyn.

1593:Christopher Marlowe, English playwright who greatly influenced Shakespeare, was killed in a tavern brawl.

1656: The Grenadier Guards, the senior regiment of the British Army, was formed.

1672:Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, was born in Moscow. He decided that all Russians should be clean-shaven. Those exempted had to pay a beard tax.

1842: An attempt was made on the life of Queen Victoria (pictured) as she drove down Constitution Hill with Prince Albert. The would-beassassin was John Francis.

1946:Labour minister of food John Strachey announced that bread would be rationed, with the greatest allowance going to manual workers in heavy industry.

1959: The first full-sized experimental hovercraft, built by Saunders-Roe, was launched at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

1989:Cliff Richard released his 100th pop single.

Quote of the day

‘I have a confession to make on behalf of my cat. It brought a robin in. I was quite distressed by it’ — BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt (pictured) ‘fesses up on Springwatch

Thought for the day

‘Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you’ — Oprah Winfrey