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On this day: November 29

Today’s birthdays

Dame Shirley Porter, former politician, 89

Diane Ladd, actress, 84

David Rintoul, actor, 71

Don Cheadle, actor, 55

Ryan Giggs, footballer, 46

Anna Faris (pictured), actress, 43

Simon Amstell, comedian/television presenter, 40

It happened today…

1530: Following his arrest for treason, Cardinal Wolsey was recalled to London and died on the way at Leicester.

1797: Gaetano Donizetti, opera composer (Lucia di Lammermoor), was born in Bergamo, Italy.

1832: Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, US.

1895: Busby Berkeley, choreographer and director who devised a style which revolutionised Hollywood musicals, was born.

1907: Florence Nightingale, the ‘Lady of the Lamp’, was presented with the Order of Merit by Edward VII for her work during the Crimean War.

1929: US admiral Richard Byrd, with pilot Bernt Balchen, became the first men to fly over the South Pole.

1932: The first performance took place of Cole Porter’s The Gay Divorcee, in New York, starring Fred Astaire (above).

1934: The first broadcast of a royal wedding — that of the Duke of Kent and Princess Marina in Westminster Abbey.

1954: Sir George Robey, comedian and actor, died. He introduced the song If You Were The Only Girl In The World, during World War I.

1986: British-born actor Cary Grant died.

2010: A French couple came forward with 271 previously unknown works by Picasso — a trove worth £50million.

Quote of the day

‘I’ll just sit in the dark, stare and try not to do anything — just clear my mind and decompress’ — Actor Idris Elba (pictured) on trying to wean himself off looking at social media

Thought for the day

‘Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have’ — Scientist Margaret Mead