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On this day: November 14

Today’s birthdays

The Prince Of Wales (pictured), 69

Bernard Hinault, cyclist – five-time winner of the Tour de France, 63;

Adam Gilchrist, former cricketer, 46

Faye Tozer, former Steps singer, 42

Russell Tovey, actor, 36

It happened today…

1770: Scottish explorer James Bruce discovered the source of the Blue Nile.

1840: Impressionist painter Claude Monet was born in Paris.

1896: The speed limit for horseless carriages was raised from 4mph (2mph in towns) to 14mph. It was marked by the first London to Brighton car run, which became a regular and official event from 1927.

1922: The British Broadcasting Company began daily transmissions. At 6pm the news was read by Arthur Burrows, once at normal speed and once at slow speed.

1932: Book tokens went on sale in Britain for the first time.

1940: Coventry Cathedral was destroyed by German bombing. More than 1,000 civilians died in the raid.

1941: The aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank near Gibraltar after being hit by an enemy torpedo.

1952: Britain’s first hit parade was published in the New Musical Express. Al Martino’s Here In My Heart was the first number one.

1963: A volcanic eruption under the sea off Iceland created the new island of Surtsey.

2010: British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler left Somalia after more than a year in captivity. The retired couple had been abducted as they sailed their yacht off the Seychelles in October 2009.

2016: New figures showed dementia and Alzheimer’s disease had become the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time.

Quote of the day

‘I am so looking forward to having my wife and our life back’ — TV’s Eamonn Holmes whose wife, Ruth Langsford, has been booted off Strictly Come Dancing

Thought for the day

‘Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving’ — US writer Dale Carnegie