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