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IT'S A DATE; BOB DYALN May 24 1941.

NAMES A CHANGIN': The rock legend and voice of a now middle-aged generation was born Robert Zimmerman. He and brother David were brought up in isolated north Minnesota, where dad Abe worked for the family's furniture and electrical goods firm. Bob has said he doesn't remember anything bad happening in his small home-town of Hibbing.

TAMBOURINE MAN: He arrived in Manhattan at 20 and started singing in coffee houses. Songs like Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a Changin' made him a legend. In 1987, he played a washed-out singer in the film, Hearts of Fire, but in real life he's still dragging his nasal whine and greatest hits around the world. This summer he'll be touring the US with Paul Simon.

LIKE A WOMAN: He specialises in mystery, especially about his private life. He claims he was only married once, to ex-Playboy bunnygirl Sara Lowndes. The couple divorced in 1977 and have four grown-up kids - including Jakob, the lead singer with the Wallflowers. Last year, a biographer said Dylan had married three times.

BOBBING ALONG: He has said he's not really interested in politics and tries to ignore culture. Instead, the old-timer, who has a mansion in Malibu and a farm outside Minneapolis, likes to spend his spare time playing golf.

ON THIS DAY

MAY 23, 1873: Canada's North West Mounted Police formed. 1945: Suicide of Gestapo boss Heinrich Himmler. 1990: Death of boxer Rocky Graziano.

MAY 24, 1819: Birth of Queen Victoria. 1930: Amy Johnson first woman to fly solo to Australia. 1995: Death of former Labour PM Harold Wilson.

MAY 25, 1934: Death of composer Gustav Holst. 1967: Celtic win European Cup.

MAY 26, 1868: Last public execution in Britain. 1923: First Le Mans 24- hours motor race. 1992: Paul Gascoigne leaves Spurs for Lazio.

MAY 27, 1911: Birth of Hollywood master of horror Vincent Price. 1937: San Francisco's golden Gate Bridge opened. 1964: Death of independent India's first prime minister Pandit Nehru.

MAY 28, 1908: Birth of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. 1982: In Falklands, British troops capture Goose Green.

May 29, 1903: Funnyman Bob Hope born, in London. 1987: German Matthius Rust sparks security alert by landing light aircraft in Moscow's Red Square.
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