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On this day: October 29

Today’s birthdays

Jack Shepherd, actor and playwright, 79

Denny Laine, rock musician (Wings), 75

Richard Dreyfuss, actor, 72

Kate Jackson, actress, 71

Yasmin Le Bon (pictured), model, 55

Greg Blewett, former cricketer and commentator, 48

Winona Ryder, actress, 48

Michael Vaughan, former cricketer, 45

Fleur East, singer, 32

It happened today…

1618: Sir Walter Raleigh, English seafarer, once a favourite of Elizabeth I, was beheaded at Whitehall, falsely accused of treason.

1740: James Boswell, Scottish diarist and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born.

1787: Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed, in Prague.

1929: ‘Black Tuesday’ — so-called when Wall Street crashed, leading to the Great Depression.

1956: Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula and troops pushed on towards the Suez Canal.

1986: The final section of the M25 around London was opened.

1987: Thomas ‘Hit Man’ Hearns (above) won the world middleweight title, making him the first boxer to win a world title at four different weights.

Quote of the day

‘I think last time in the noughties Liam wanted to go down to an abandoned railway track or something. I don’t want to do that. It’s got to be f****** whistles and bells if it happens’ — Singer Robbie Williams (pictured) stokes his historic feud with Liam Gallagher by suggesting they sort their troubles in a boxing ring

Thought for the day

‘Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart’ — Diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank