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On this day: November 21

Today’s birthdays

Juliet Mills, actress, 78

Goldie Hawn, actress, 74

Lorna Luft, actress, 67

Bjork, singer, 54

Andrew Caddick, former cricketer, 51

Alex James (pictured), musician (Blur) and writer, 51

Justin Langer, former cricketer, 49

Carly Rae Jepsen, singer, 34

It happened today…

1695: Henry Purcell, English composer, died of tuberculosis, aged 36.

1783: Man’s first free-flight was made by Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes for 25 minutes over Paris.

1787: Sir Samuel Cunard, shipowner, was born in Nova Scotia, Canada.

1843: Thomas Hancock patented vulcanised rubber.

1918: The German battle fleet surrendered to the Allies at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.

1934: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes opened in New York and made a star of Ethel Merman (above).

1936: The first television gardening programme was broadcast by the BBC — In Your Garden, with Mr Middleton.

1953: The discovery of The Piltdown Man skull in Sussex in 1912 was finally revealed as a hoax.

1974: IRA bombs in two Birmingham pubs killed 19 people and left 180 injured.

Quote of the day

‘I’ve got so many kids! It’s a lot of kids. I always say it is less about parenting and more about crowd control when it gets to that many’ — Fashion designer Victoria Beckham (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’ — Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt