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On this day: November 16

Today’s birthdays

Willie Carson, former jockey, 78

Griff Rhys Jones, comedian, writer and TV presenter, 67

Ellen Thomas, actress, 64

Marg Helgenberger, actress, 62

Frank Bruno, former boxer, 59

Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, Stone Roses and Primal Scream bass player, 58

Steve Bould, coach and former Arsenal footballer, 58

Diana Krall, singer and pianist, 56

Eva Pope, actress, 53

Paul Scholes, former footballer, 46

Danny Wallace, actor, filmmaker and writer, 44

Maggie Gyllenhaal (pictured), actress, 43

Gemma Atkinson. actress, 36

Big Narstie, MC/rapper and TV presenter, 35

Vicky Pattison, reality TV star, 33

It happened today…

1724: Highwayman Jack Sheppard was hanged in front of 200,000 people at Tyburn.

1824: Explorers Hamilton Hume and William H Hovell discovered Australia’s Murray River.

1869: The formal opening of the Suez Canal took place. It had taken ten years to make the 100-mile canal devised by Ferdinand de Lesseps.

1896: Oswald Mosley, English Fascist leader, was born.

1920: The Bolsheviks defeated the White Russians in the Crimea, ending Russia’s Civil War.

1937: MPs voted in favour of air raid shelters being erected in towns and cities. Winston Churchill insisted they were ‘indispensable’. Labour opposed this, fearing it would mean a big rise in rates.

1959: The Sound Of Music, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, opened on Broadway.

Final film: Clark Gable with Marylin Monroe in The Misfits PICTURES: REX

1960: Clark Gable, the ‘King of Hollywood’ and Oscar winner, died after shooting the final scenes of The Misfits opposite Marilyn Monroe.

1989: A pillar of South African apartheid crumbled when beach access restrictions were removed by president FW de Klerk.

2019: The BBC broadcast a Newsnight interview with the Duke of York in which he spoke in detail for the first time about his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Quote of the day

‘He really was the ultimate entertainer but, even more, he was a thoroughly nice man. No ifs or buts. He always had a smile on his face and his giggle was legendary!’ — Russ Abbot pays tribute to Des O’Connor (pictured) who died at the weekend

Thought for the day

‘Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practise any other virtue consistently’ — American writer and activist Maya Angelou