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On this day: November 5

Today’s birthdays

Neil Young, singer/songwriter, 73

Ryan Gosling (pictured), actor, 38

Mariella Frostrup, TV presenter, 56

Tonya Harding, former figure skater, 48

Anne Hathaway, actress, 36

It happened today…

1035: Death of Canute, Danish King of England.

1660: John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, was jailed for preaching without a licence.

1840: Sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris.

1859: The man who invented the leotard – Jules Leotard – gave the world’s first flying trapeze display in Paris.

1911: The Rev Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans, was born.

1919: The first flight from England to Australia began from Hounslow with Ross and Keith Smith in a Vickers Vimy. They landed safely on December 10.

1931: Abbey Road recording studio in London was opened by Sir Edward Elgar.

1944: Tirpitz, last of Hitler’s fleet of ‘unsinkable battleships’, was sunk off the Norwegian coast by Lancaster bombers.

1979: In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, US president Jimmy Carter ordered a halt to all petroleum imports into the United States from Iran.

1990: Crown Prince Akihito was formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.

1997: Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing.

Quote of the day

‘All I have been doing for the last 16 years are ego-based projects’ — Hollywood star Michelle Rodriguez (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘In any project, the important factor is your belief. Without belief there can be no successful outcome’ — William James