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On this day: November 18

Today’s birthdays

Margaret Atwood (pictured), author, 80

Graham Parker, rock singer, 69

Alan Moore, graphic novel writer, 66

Steven Moffat, screenwriter, 58

Kim Wilde, singer and gardening expert, 59

Kirk Hammett, Metallica guitarist, 57

Gavin Peacock, former footballer and pundit, 52

Owen Wilson, actor, 51

Chloe Sevigny, actress, 45

Ant McPartlin, TV presenter, 44

Mathew Baynton, actor, 39

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: Suffragettes tried to storm the House of Commons, leading to more than 100 arrests

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, was shown

1933: BBC Radio’s In Town Tonight, an early example of the chat show, 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.

2018: The death toll from the northern California wildfire had climbed to 76, while nearly 1,300 people remained unaccounted for, it was reported.

Quote of the day

‘I have always been a feminist, but I’m now living through an era where women are tearing down Meghan Markle for not behaving like a traditional member of the royal family, while at the same time Phoebe Waller-Bridge is being heaped with awards and praise for Fleabag, a drama series about a woman most definitely not behaving in a conventional manner for a woman. It’s completely crazy’ — Call The Midwife actress Helen George (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘I hope that people will finally come to realise that there is only one “race” — the human race — and that we are all members of it’ — Author Margaret Atwood