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APRIL 24

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.

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