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Date to share with Dylan and Cantona.

IF Cherie and Tony Blair's baby is born on May 24, the child will share his or her birthday with such famous names as footballer Eric Cantona, born in 1966, legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, 58, and actress Priscilla Presley, 54.

Notable events on the day through history include:

1686 Birth of Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer.

1809 Dartmoor Prison opened to house French prisoners of war. From 1850 it was used for convicts.

1819 Queen Victoria born at Kensington Palace.

1862 London's Westminster Bridge opened.

1895 The first stage knighthood conferred, on Sir Henry Irving.

1916 Conscription began in Britain.

1941 The German battleship Bismarck sank HMS Hood off Greenland with the loss of more than 1,400 lives.

1969 The Black and White Minstrel Show, at London's Victoria Palace, closed after 4,354 performances in seven years.

1974 Death of jazz musician, bandleader and composer Edward 'Duke' Ellington.

1978 Princess Margaret's 18-year marriage to Lord Snowdon ended.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2000
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