On this day ...
1743: Edmund Cartwright, inventor of the power loom, was born.
1815: Novelist Anthony Trollope was born in London.
1889: Sir Stafford Cripps, Labour Chancellor who introduced austerity measures in Britain after the Second World War, was born.
1916: The Easter rebellion began in Dublin against British rule in Ireland (ended on April 29).
1950: President Truman denied there were communists in the US government.
1965: The Pennine Way – 250 miles from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border – was officially opened.
1986: The Duchess of Windsor, the American widow of Edward, Duke of Windsor, above, died in Paris, aged 89.
1990: The Hubble Space Telescope was launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.
2005: Snuppy becomes the world’s first cloned dog.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Hidden homelessness could be almost 10 times worse than official figures suggest, with an estimated 51,500 people living in B&Bs, according to a report released this day. BIRTHDAYS: Shirley MacLaine, entertainer, 85; Barbra Streisand, singer/ actress, 77; Michael O’Keefe, actor, 64; Stuart Pearce, football manager, 57; Djimon Hounsou, actor, 55; Sachin Tendulkar, former cricketer, 46; Gabby Logan, above, television presenter, 46; Dave Vitty, radio personality, 45; Kelly Clarkson, singersongwriter, 37; Ben Howard, singer-songwriter, 32.