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On this day: October 31

Today’s birthdays

Michael Kitchen, actor, 71

Charles Moore, former Daily Telegraph editor, 63

Peter Jackson, film director, 58

Larry Mullen Jr, rock drummer (U2), 58

Johnny Marr, rock guitarist, 56

Denis Irwin, former footballer and TV presenter, 54

Vanilla Ice (pictured), rapper, 52

Ian Walker, former footballer, 48

Matt Dawson, former rugby player, 47

Letitia Wright, actress, 26

Marcus Rashford, footballer, 22

Willow Smith, singer, 19

It happened today…

1517: Martin Luther nailed his 95 ‘theses’ to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Reformation.

1795: Lyric poet John Keats was born in London.

1940: The Battle of Britain ended. The RAF lost 915 aircraft, the Luftwaffe 1,733.

1955: Princess Margaret (above) announced she would not marry Captain Peter Townsend, a divorcé.

1958: Dr Ake Senning implanted the first internal heart pacemaker, in Stockholm, Sweden.

1971: A terrorist bomb exploded at the top of the Post Office Tower in London.

1984: Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India, was shot dead by two Sikh members of her bodyguard in New Delhi.

Quote of the day

‘I don’t think people understand how easy it is to infer that a female artist or a female in our industry is somehow doing something wrong by wanting love, wanting money, wanting success. Women are not allowed to want those things the way that men are allowed to want them’ — Singer Taylor Swift (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Self-love is the source of all our other loves’ — Dramatist Pierre Corneille