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On this day: October 10

Today’s birthdays

Murray Walker, former motor racing commentator, 96

Nicholas Parsons, radio and TV personality, 96

Judith Chalmers, TV presenter, 84

Charles Dance, actor, 73

Chris Tarrant, broadcaster, 73

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Lamb, former EastEnders actor, 72

Midge Ure, rock singer, 66

Fiona Fullerton, Bond Girl, 63

Martin Kemp (pictured), actor/musician, 58

Sarah Lancashire​, Happy Valley actress, 55

Tony Adams, former footballer and manager, 53

Christopher Ofili​, artist, 51

Sir Matthew Pinsent, Olympic gold-medal rower, 49

Una Healy, The Saturdays singer, 38

Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey actor, 37

Marina and the Diamonds (aka Marina Diamandis), singer-songwriter, 34

It happened today…

1813: Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole.

1877: Motoring pioneer William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield, was born in Worcester.

1881: The Savoy Theatre (pictured), the first public building to be lit by electricity, opened with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.

1886: The dinner jacket made its first appearance in public when it was worn by its creator at a ball at the Tuxedo Park Country Club, New York.

1903: Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union to fight for female emancipation in Britain.

1935: Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess opened in New York. The opera was a financial failure, though an artistic triumph.

1957: A major radiation leak was detected at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, after an accident three days earlier.

1961: A volcano erupted on the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha and the whole population was brought to Britain.

1972: Sir John Betjeman was appointed Poet Laureate.

1975: After divorce in the early 1970s, followed by several reconciliations and separations, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor remarried in a remote village in Botswana. They divorced again the following year.

Quote of the day

‘Women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say “I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that”’ — Actress Glenn Close (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant’ — Author, Robert Louis Stevenson