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On this day: November 12

Today’s birthdays

Wallace Shawn (pictured), The Princess Bride actor, 76

Booker T Jones, soul musician, 75

Neil Young, singer/songwriter, 74

Kevin Ratcliffe, former footballer, 59

Nadia Comaneci, former gymnast, 58

Mariella Frostrup, TV presenter, 57

Tonya Harding, former figure skater, 49

Ryan Gosling, La La Land actor, 39

Anne Hathaway, The Devil Wears Prada actress, 37

It happened today…

Ruler: An 18th-century engraving of Canute PICTURES: REX

1035: Canute, Danish King of England, died

1660: The Pilgrim’s Progress author John Bunyan was jailed for preaching without a licence

1840: Sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris

1859: The man who invented the leotard — Jules Leotard — gave the world’s first flying trapeze display in Paris

1911: Samaritans founder Rev Chad Varah was born

1919: The first flight from England to Australia began from Hounslow, with Ross and Keith Smith in a Vickers Vimy. They landed safely on December 10

1931: Abbey Road recording studio in London was opened by Sir Edward Elgar

1944: Tirpitz, the last of Hitler’s fleet of ‘unsinkable battleships’, was sunk off the Norwegian coast by Lancaster bombers

1979: In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, US president Jimmy Carter ordered a halt to all petroleum imports from Iran

1990: Emperor Akihito was formally installed, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch

1997: Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing

Quote of the day

‘My message is, I don’t want people to just assume that they’ll be able to get to retirement, or live that dream tomorrow. If you’ve got time, go and do it’ — Nick Butter from Dorset, who has run a marathon in all 196 United Nations-recognised countries

Thought for the day

‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on’ — Former British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill