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On this day: October 16

Today’s birthdays

Angela Lansbury, actress, 95

Peter Bowles, actor, 84

Terry Griffiths, former snooker player and coach, 73

Tim Robbins, actor, 62

Gary Kemp, actor/musician (Spandau Ballet), 61

Flea (Michael Peter Balzary), rock bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers), 58

Davina McCall (pictured), TV presenter, 53

John Mayer, singer/songwriter, 43

It happened today…

1555: Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burnt at the stake for heresy

1793: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France as wife of Louis XVI, was convicted of treason and guillotined in Paris

1846: An anaesthetic was successfully used for the first time at the Massachusetts General Hospital where dentist William Morton used diethyl ether before removing a tumour from a man’s jaw

1847: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was published under the pseudonym, Currer Bell

1854: Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin

1881: The Sunday People was published for the first time, as The People

1902: The first detention centre for young offenders was opened at the village of Borstal, Kent

1946: The Nuremberg executions began. They included von Ribbentrop, Rosenberg and Streicher

1958: Blue Peter started on BBC TV. The presenters were Leila Williams and Christopher Trace

1964: Harold Wilson (pictured) became prime minister of a Labour government which won a general election with a majority of four

2019: The parents of Harry Dunn declined to meet their son’s suspected killer Anne Sacoolas at the White House after a meeting with US president Donald Trump

Quote of the day

‘For too long this conversation has been delayed. Child food poverty in the UK is not a result of Covid-19. We must act with urgency to stabilise the households of our vulnerable children’ — footballer Marcus Rashford (pictured) launches a petition urging the Government to end child poverty

Thought for the day

‘I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet’ — Mahatma Gandhi