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On this day: June 19

Today’s birthdays

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar, 74

Salman Rushdie, author, 72

Kathleen Turner, actress, 65

Paula Abdul, singer, 57

Rory Underwood, former rugby union player, 56

Boris Johnson, Tory politician, 55

Sadie Frost, actress/designer, 54

Zoe Saldana (pictured), actress, 41

Samuel West, actor, 53

Mark Selby, three-time World Snooker Champion, 36

Thelma Barlow, former Coronation Street actress, 90

Macklemore, rapper, 36

Aidan Turner, actor, 36

It happened today…

1566:James VI of Scotland, later James I — and first Stuart king — of England, was born in Edinburgh Castle.

1623:Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and philosopher who invented the first calculating machines, was born. Other research led to the invention of the syringe and hydraulic press and with it, Pascal’s law of pressure.

1820: A baton was first used to conduct an orchestra in England, by Ludwig Spohr.

1829: The London Metropolitan Police was founded by Sir Robert Peel.

1896:Bessie Wallis Warfield (Mrs Simpson) was born in Baltimore. She later became the Duchess of Windsor, after Edward VIII abdicated the throne because of his love for her.

1903:Wally (Walter Reginald) Hammond (pictured), England and Gloucester cricketer, was born.

1905: The world’s first all-motion picture theatreopened in Pittsburgh.

1910: Deutschland, the first Zeppelin airliner, was launched, and crashed on June 28.

1953:Ethel and Julius Rosenberg went to the electric chair in New York, having been found guilty of spying for the Soviet Union.

1967: The Monterey Pop Festival attracted thousands of hippies to watch stars including Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and The Who.

Quote of the day

‘I feel like I’m at an age where it’s the quarter-life crisis club. It’s not quite a midlife crisis, but we’re all kind of being thrown into adulthood when we still feel like teenagers’ — TV star Emily Atack (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil’ — Ancient Greek philosopher Plato