Harvey Keitel, actor, 80
Stevie Wonder (pictured), singer, 69
Selina Scott, former TV presenter/newsreader, 68
Richard Madeley, TV presenter/columnist, 63
Samantha Morton, actress, 42
Robert Pattinson, actor, 32
It happened today…
1607: Captain John Smith landed on the Virginia coast and started the first permanent English settlement in the New World – Jamestown.
1830: The republic of Ecuador was created.
1835: Death of architect John Nash, who planned Regent’s Park and Trafalgar Square.
1846: The United States declared war on Mexico.
1940:Winston Churchill says ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat’ in his first speech as Prime Minister to the House of Commons.
1943: German and Italian forces in Africa surrendered.
1961: Death of Gary Cooper, American actor who was twice an Oscar winner.
1981: Pope John Paul II survived an assassination attempt in St Peter’s Square in Rome.
1989: Around 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China.
Quote of the day
‘There’s something about a lot of males in a confined space… a certain level of situational homosexuality… which I think is relatively common, definitely in prison and to an extent in all-male boarding schools, and a Darwinian atmosphere’ — Film-maker Louis Theroux (pictured)
Thought for the day
‘It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt’ — Mark Twain