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On this day: May 31

Today’s birthdays

Clint Eastwood (pictured), actor and director, 89

Terry Waite, Anglican emissary and author, 80

Sharon Gless, actress, 76

Tom Berenger, actor, 70

June Sarpong, TV presenter and writer, 42

Joe Longthorne, entertainer, 64

Brooke Shields, actress, 54

Colin Farrell, actor, 43

Archie Panjabi, actress, 47

John Prescott, former Labour deputy prime minister, 81

Reggie Yates, actor and broadcaster, 36

It happened today…

1793: The Reign of Terror, in which thousands went to the guillotine in the French Revolution, began.

1809:Franz JosephHaydn, Austrian composer, died in Vienna.

1837:Joseph Grimaldi, English clown of stage and circus, died. His stage motto was ‘Hence, loathed melancholy’ and for 14 years before he died, he was so crippled that the landlord of his local tavern had to carry him home every night.

1859:Big Ben, in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament (pictured) in London, first began recording time.

1902: The Boer Warended with the Peace of Vereeniging.

1910: The colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony united to form the Union of South Africa.

1910: Lord Baden-Powell’s sister, Agnes, announced the formation of the Girl Guides.

1916: The Battle of Jutland was fought in the North Sea.

1927: The last ‘Tin Lizzie’ car came off the production line, almost unchanged since it was introduced as the model T Ford in 1908.

1930:Don Bradman became the first Australian to score 1,000 runs in England by the end of May.

Quote of the day

‘It was a very hard song for me to write because it meant reliving very harrowing experiences’ — D-Day veteran Jim Radford (pictured), 90, whose haunting ballad The Shores Of Normandy is hoping to knock Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber from the top of the UK singles chart

Thought for the day

‘If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal’ — John Lennon