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On this day: May 4

Today’s birthdays

John Watson, former racing driver, 74

Michael Barrymore, TV personality, 68

Randy Travis, country singer, 61

Jay Aston, singer (Bucks Fizz), 59

Kate Garraway (pictured), TV presenter, 53

Julian Barratt, comedian/actor, 52

Laura Whitmore, TV presenter, 35

Rory McIlroy, golfer, 31

It happened today…

1471: The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses.

1780: The first Derby was run at Epsom.

1896: The Daily Mail, founded by Lord Northcliffe, was first published, priced one halfpenny.

1904: Charles Rolls and Henry Royce were introduced before forming an agreement which produced Rolls-Royce cars.

1974: Abba (above) reached the top of the pop charts with Waterloo, the Eurovision song contest winner.

1979: Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister.

1982: HMS Sheffield was struck by an Exocet missile during the Falklands War. It was the first British ship to be lost to enemy action since World War II.

1990: Latvia declared itself an independent democratic republic in the first stage of withdrawal from the Soviet Union.

2000: Ken Livingstone became the first mayor of London.

Quote of the day

‘If we have to be confined to travelling in the UK, it’s not a bad place to travel’ — Monty Python star and globetrotter Sir Michael Palin (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission’ — Novelist Arnold Bennett