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On this day: November 8

Today’s birthdays

Nerys Hughes, The Liver Birds actress, 77
Roy Wood, rock musician, 71
Bonnie Raitt, US singer/guitarist, 69
Rupert Allason, aka espionage writer Nigel West, 67
Rickie Lee Jones, US singer/songwriter, 64
Richard Curtis, Love Actually writer and director, 62
Paul McKenna, hypnotist, 55
Gordon Ramsay, TV chef, 52
Parker Posey, Dazed And Confused actress, 50
Matthew Rhys (pictured), The Americans actor, 44
Tara Reid, American Pie actress, 43
Brett Lee, former cricketer, 42
Jane Danson, Coronation Street actress, 40
Joe Cole, footballer, 37
Jack Osbourne, TV personality, 33

It happened today…

Reading in the round: The Bodleian Library’s most well-known building, the Radcliffe Camera, in Oxford PICTURES: REX

1602: The Bodleian Library at Oxford University opened to the public.

1674: The blind English poet John Milton died at the age of 65. A student once wrote in an essay on Milton: ‘He got married and wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.’

1847:Dracula creator Bram Stoker was born in Dublin.

1886: English champion jockey Fred Archer, who won the Derby five times, shot himself, aged only 29.

1895: Wilhelm Rontgen discovered X-rays during an experiment at the University of Wurzburg with the flow of electricity through a partially evacuated glass tube.

1920: The first Rupert Bear cartoon appeared in the Daily Express.

Bearing up: A Rupert annual from 1973

1923: The Munich Beer Hall Putsch marked the start of Hitler‘s rise to power in Germany.

1932:Franklin D Roosevelt — promising a ‘New Deal’ for America — swept into the White House on a landslide in the US presidential election.

1960: John F Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon to become US president.

1966: Former Massachusetts attorney general Edward Brooke became the first African-American elected to the United States Senate.

1967: Radio Leicester, the first BBC local radio station, was opened.

1974: The famous fruit and vegetable market at Covent Garden in London closed after more than 300 years.

1987: An IRA bomb exploded shortly before a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, killing 11 people.

Quote of the day

‘To me, the 2,000-plus stars embedded in these sidewalks are more than brass honours. They represent real people, women and men who passionately cared about what they did and about entertaining people around the world’ — Actor Michael Douglas (pictured with his son Cameron and father, the veteran Hollywood star Kirk Douglas, 101) on receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week

Thought for the day

‘An inventor’s path is chorused with groans, riddled with fist-banging and punctuated by head scratches’ — Designer James Dyson