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On this day: September 6

Today’s birthdays

Roger Law, satirist and puppeteer, 78

Roger Waters, rock musician (Pink Floyd), 76

Bruce Rioch, former Arsenal football manager, 72

Rosie Perez, actress, 55

Idris Elba (pictured), actor, 47

Greg Rusedski, former tennis player, 46

Tim Henman, former tennis player, 45

Nina Persson, singer (The Cardigans), 45

Pippa Middleton, sister of Duchess of Cambridge, 36

It happened today…

1666: The Great Fire of London was finally extinguished — it started on September 2.

1879: The first British telephone exchange opened in Lombard Street, London.

1880: England beat Australia by five wickets at the Oval in the first Test match played in England, and WG Grace scored England’s first Test century.

1941: Yellow Star of David badges became compulsory for all Jews living in Nazi Germany.

1966:Hendrik Verwoerd, South African prime minister since 1958, was assassinated in parliament in Cape Town by Dimitri Tsafendas.

1990: Cricketer Sir Len Hutton, the first professional to captain England, died aged 74. His son Richard was born the very same day in 1942.

2007: Tributes flooded in from around the world after opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti (pictured above) lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and died at the age of 71.

Quote of the day

‘I don’t know whether it’s something that’s particularly British or whether it’s actually something that transcends all around the world — the British are quite good at building you up and then wanting to knock you down, and we’ve seen that over and over again, with actors, with whoever’ — Ex-Doctor Who star Alex Kingston (pictured) defends the Duchess of Sussex

Thought for the day

‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished’ — Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu