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On this day: November 18

Today’s birthdays

Linda Evans, actress, 78

Graham Parker, rock singer, 70

John Parr, musician, 68

Elizabeth Perkins, actress, 60

Kim Wilde (pictured), singer and gardening expert, 60

Steven Moffat, TV writer and producer, 59

Kirk Hammett, Metallica guitarist, 58

Nadia Sawalha, TV presenter and actress, 56

Gavin Peacock, former footballer and pundit, 53

Owen Wilson, actor, 52

Chloe Sevigny, actress, 46

Anthony ‘Ant’ McPartlin, TV presenter, 45

It happened today…

1477: William Caxton issued the first dated, printed book from his printing press in Westminster — it was Dictes or Sayengis of The Philosophres.

1626: St Peter’s in Rome was consecrated.

1910: There were more than 100 arrests when suffragettes tried to storm the House of Commons.

1916: The first battle of the Somme ended.

1926: George Bernard Shaw refused to accept the Nobel Prize money of £7,000 awarded to him a year earlier. He said: ‘I can forgive Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.’

1928: The first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie (pictured above), was shown.

1933: BBC Radio’s In Town Tonight was first broadcast.

1987: The worst fire in the history of the London Underground killed 31 people at King’s Cross.

1991: Beirut hostage Terry Waite and American Thomas Sutherland were released by their pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad captors.

Quote of the day

‘I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality. I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table’ — Footballer Marcus Rashford (pictured) on the launch of his new book club

Thought for the day

‘So many books, so little time’ ― American rock musician Frank Zappa