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On this day: November 11

Today’s birthdays

Kathy Lette, comedienne and author, 61

Stanley Tucci, actor, 59

Demi Moore, actress, 57

Calista Flockhart, actress, 55

Mark Draper, former footballer, 49

Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured), actor, 45

It happened today…

1778: British forces take St Lucia in the West Indies from the French

1831: Nat Turner, the leader of a bloody slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia, was hanged in Jerusalem, the county seat

1880: Australian outlaw Ned Kelly was hanged outside Melbourne Jail

Outlaw: Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly in 2003 PICTURES: REX

1887: Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham

1918: The Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiegne, ending World War I

1920: King George V unveiled the Cenotaph in Whitehall

1925: The BBC broadcast its first radio play, The White Chateau by Reginald Berkley

1940: Willys-Overland launched the Jeep (so-called from the initials GP, for general purpose car)

1946: Stevenage was designated the first new town in Britain

1952: The first video recorder was demonstrated in Beverly Hills, California, by inventors John Mullin and Wayne Johnson

1965: Ian Smith’s all-white Rhodesia government unilaterally declared independence from Britain

1987: Van Gogh’s Irises fetched £29.3million at Sotheby’s in New York

2018: World leaders gathered in Paris to mark the end of World War I 100 years ago, driving home a powerful message: never again

Quote of the day

‘Going public with living with HIV has been very empowering and I want to help others to show them they don’t need to live in fear and live in shame, because you can still live with HIV and be healthy and live a normal life’ — Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas, who has been named a member of the Terrence Higgins Trust’s new HIV Commission

Thought for the day

‘Live in such a way that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip’ — sage advice from US actor, humourist and columnist Will Rogers (1879-1935)