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1875: Dr Al­bert Sch­weitzer, mis­sion­ary sur­geon, or­gan­ist and No­bel Prize win­ner (1952), was born in Al­sace. 1878: Queen Vic­to­ria was given a demon­stra­tion of Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell’s new in­ven­tion, the tele­phone. 1898: Lewis Car­roll, au­thor of Alice’s Ad­ven­tures In Won­der­land, died. 1900: Puc­cini’s opera Tosca was pre­miered in Rome, de­spite a bomb scare by the com­poser’s en­vi­ous con­tem­po­raries. 1904: Pho­tog­ra­pher and stage de­signer Sir Ce­cil Beaton was born in London. 1957: Ac­tor Humphrey Bog­art died. His wife Lau­ren Ba­call placed a gold whis­tle in his cof­fin with the in­scrip­tion: ‘’If you need any­thing, just whis­tle’’ - a line from their first film to­gether, To Have And Have Not. 1989: Bri­tish Mus­lims held pub­lic burn­ings of Sal­man Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. 1997: The trial be­gan of foot­ballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbe­laar and Hans Segers for al­legedly be­ing bribed by a Far East­ern gam­bling ring to throw matches. All three were later ac­quit­ted. BIRTH­DAYS: Jack Jones, singer, 79; Sir Trevor Nunn, the­atre di­rec­tor, 77; Faye Du­n­away, ac­tress, 76; Carl Weathers, ac­tor, 69; Steven Soder­bergh, film di­rec­tor, 54; Emily Wat­son, ac­tress, 50; LL Cool J, ac­tor and rap star, 49; Dave Grohl, rock singer, 48. QUOTES OF THE DAY: “The boss of Sher­lock, the num­ber one per­son on Sher­lock ... it’s not me, it’s the per­son to whom I’m mar­ried. She is the per­son who runs all of Sher­lock. She is the per­son who ei­ther kicks us up the arse or re­strains us de­pend­ing if we’re be­ing in­sane or lethar­gic” - Steven Moffat, cre­ator of the pop­u­lar TV se­ries. “The real test is it’s my mum’s favourite movie that I’ve ever done and if it’s my mum’s favourite it must be OK, she’s picky” - Emma Stone on ac­claimed new mu­si­cal film La La Land, in which she stats. “So many peo­ple are in foot­ball for the wrong rea­sons. Not be­cause they love the game, but be­cause they smell money” - For­mer Eng­land foot­ball man­ager Gra­ham Tay­lor, who has died aged 72. “He was like a brother. We went on an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney. I love you” - Sir El­ton John on Gra­ham Tay­lor. “Part of my job is to have a foot on stage and a foot in the au­di­ence. To have one ear to the band and one ear to the crowd. And if you’re do­ing that cor­rectly you ex­pe­ri­ence the evening through their ears as well as your own” - Singer Bruce Spring­steen. “We were not al­lowed any mir­rors in the house, which would ex­plain how I do my make-up ... and the fact that I look like I’ve slept in a skip” - Strictly Come Danc­ing host­ess Clau­dia Win­kle­man on her youth.

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