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On this day: October 17

Today’s birthdays

Scarlett Moffatt, reality TV personality, 28
Felicity Jones (pictured), actress, 35
Chuka Umunna, Labour MP, 40
Matthew Macfadyen, actor, 44
Eminem, rapper/actor, 46
Anil Kumble, former cricketer, 48
Wyclef Jean, singer/songwriter, 49
Ziggy Marley, reggae singer, 50
Mark Gatiss, Sherlock actor/writer, 52
Gregg Wallace, MasterChef presenter, 54
Rob Marshall, director, 58
Mae Jemison, astronaut, 61
Jim Smith, former footballer and manager, 78

It happened today…

1651: Charles II, defeated by Cromwell at Worcester, fled to France, after hiding in an oak tree.

1777: British commander General Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga in the American War of Independence.

1849: Frederic Chopin, Polish pianist and composer, died of tuberculosis in Paris, aged 39.

1860: The first professional golf tournament was held at Prestwick, Scotland, and won by Willie Park.

1899: British troops defeated the Boers at Glencoe.

1931: Mobster Al Capone (pictured) was jailed for 11 years fortax evasion.

1956: Calder Hall in Cumbria, Britain’s first large-scale atomic energy station, was opened by The Queen.

1960: The News Chronicle newspaper stopped publishing.

1989: San Francisco was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale.

1991: Four ITV companies, TV-am, Thames, TVS and TSW, lost their licences under changes by the Independent Television Commission.

2017: A couple who had sex in a pizza shop in Scarborough were given six-month curfews by magistrates.

Quote of the day

‘It weed on the floor, it pooed on the floor, it didn’t go where its keeper wanted it to. It was an absolute delight, we were totally out of control’ — Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves (pictured) recalling a baby elephant on set

Thought for the day

‘It’s the old adage that the fish rots from the head’ — Tory MP Anne Main in a Commons debate after calls were made for Speaker John Bercow to quit.