ON THIS DAY
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.