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On this day: November 19

Today’s birthdays

Ted Turner, media mogul, 81

Calvin Klein, fashion designer, 77

Raymond Blanc, restaurateur, 70

Adam Driver (pictured), Star Wars and Girls actor, 36

Meg Ryan, actress, 58

Jodie Foster, actress, 57

Douglas Henshall, actor, 54

Lady Davina Windsor, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, 42

Adele Silva, actress, 39

It happened today…

600: Charles I was born at Dunfermline Palace in Scotland.

1828: Franz Schubert, Austrian composer, died in Vienna of typhus, aged 31.

1863: Abraham Lincoln (pictured below) made his famous Gettysburg address, with his freedom cry: ‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’

1942: The Russians counter-attacked at Stalingrad and surrounded the German army.

1979: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 ‘hostages’ held in the US embassy in Tehran.

1984: More than 500 people died and 1,000 buildings were destroyed in an explosion at a chemicals factory in Mexico City.

1988: Christina Onassis, daughter of the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle, died from a pulmonary edema, aged just 37.

1994: The first draw of the UK’s National Lottery took place 25 year ao today.

Quote of the day

‘It’s not about her opinion and it’s not about her being an icon. It’s not about her at all. She is an incredible messenger. She keeps pointing at the obvious: “Listen to the science”‘ — Singer Kim Wilde (pictured) describes the impact of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Thought for the day

‘Take only memories, leave only footprints’ — Native American proverb