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On this day: November 15

Today’s birthdays

Ed Asner, actor, 90

Petula Clark, singer, 87

Sam Waterston, actor, 79

Frida Lyngstad (pictured), singer (Abba), 74

Beverly D’Angelo, actress, 68

Johnny Lee Miller, actor, 47

Peter Phillips, son of the Princess Royal, 42

Gemma Atkinson, actress, 35

It happened today…

1577: English explorer and navigator Sir Francis Drake began his voyage to
sail around the world.

1708: William Pitt the Elder, 1st earl of Chatham, was born in London.

1738: Astronomer Sir William Herschel, who discovered Uranus, was born in Hanover. He died in Slough in 1822.

1837: Isaac Pitman’s stenographic sound-hand, the first shorthand system, was published, price 4d.

1899: Winston Churchill was captured by the Boers while covering the war as a reporter for the Morning Post. He escaped a few weeks later.

1901: An electrical hearing aid was patented by Miller Reese of New York.

1923: Rampant inflation in Germany reached a peak when the mark (4.2 to the dollar in 1914) rose to 4,200,000,000 to the dollar.

1956: The first film from Elvis Presley (above), Love Me Tender, was premiered in New York.

1968: The Cunard flagship Queen Elizabeth docked at Southampton for the last time. She was replaced by the Queen Elizabeth II.

1969: ITV channel ATV screened the first colour TV advert in Britain — for Birds Eye peas.

1983: The Greenham Common women’s group mounted their first protest as cruise missiles arrived at the US airbase in Berkshire.

2002: Moors murderer Myra Hindley died in jail, aged 60.

Quote of the day

‘I’ve encouraged honesty in my books and own podcast series so I really felt it was time to start facing my own truth and so far it feels more of a relief than anything else’ — Presenter Fearne Cotton (pictured) says she does not feel ‘ashamed any more’ after revealing her past battle with bulimia

Thought for the day

‘It’s kind of fun to do the impossible’ — Cartoonist Walt Disney