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On this day: November 13

Today’s birthdays

Howard Wilkinson, former football manager, 76

Joe Mantegna, actor, 72

Chris Noth, actor, 65

Whoopi Goldberg, actress (pictured), 64

Steve Zahn, actor, 52

Kelly Sotherton, former heptathlete, 43

Dana Vollmer, American former swimmer, 32

It happened today…

1312: Edward III, King Of England from 1327, was born.

1460: Prince Henry Of Portugal — Henry The Navigator — died aged 66.

1805: Johann Georg Lehner invented the Frankfurter sausage.

1850: Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, was born in Edinburgh.

1851: The start of a telegraphic service between London and Paris.

1941: HMS Ark Royal (pictured) torpedoed by German U-boat, she sank the next day.

1947: Hugh Dalton, chancellor of the exchequer, resigned after admitting he had disclosed tax proposals to a reporter minutes before he presented the Budget.

1954: Great Britain won the first Rugby League World Cup, defeating France 16-12 in Paris.

1969: Anti-war protesters in Washington, DC staged a symbolic ‘March Against Death’.

1970: A 120mph tropical cyclone hit the densely populated Ganges Delta region of east Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night.

1990: Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first web page on a NeXT workstation.

1994: Voters in Sweden decided to join the European Union in a referendum.

Quote of the day

‘When it’s not in front of you it doesn’t exist so I just got rid of it’ — Strictly professional dancer Katya Jones (pictured) said she deleted Twitter so she could ignore nasty comments about her routines with partner Mike Bushell who was axed from the show on Sunday

Thought for the day

‘No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up’ — American comedian Lily Tomlin