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