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Today in History, Nov. 19

Today is Thursday, Nov. 19, the 324th day of 2020. There are 42 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

  • On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

On this date:

  • In 1600, King Charles I of England was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
  • In 1850, Alfred Tennyson was invested as Britain’s poet laureate.
  • In 1919, the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55 in favor, 39 against, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

1919: The Treaty of Versailles is signed in Paris, bringing fighting to an end in between Germany and the Allies of World War I exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. (Public domain)

  • In 1942, during World War II, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front.
  • In 1959, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
  • In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon.
  • In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
  • In 1985, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.
  • In 1995, Polish President Lech Walesa was defeated in his bid for re-election.
  • In 1996, 14 people were killed when a commuter plane collided with a private plane at an airport in Quincy, Illinois. The United States vetoed U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s bid for a second term.
  • In 1997, Iowa seamstress Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to the world’s first set of surviving septuplets, four boys and three girls.
  • In 2017, Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader behind the gruesome murders of actor Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles in 1969, died in a California hospital at the age of 83 after nearly a half-century in prison.

Today’s Birthdays:

Talk show host Larry King is 87. Talk show host Dick Cavett is 84. Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 82. Former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is 81. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson is 79. Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 78. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 71. Actor Robert Beltran is 67. Actor Kathleen Quinlan is 66. Actor Glynnis O’Connor is 65. Broadcast journalist Ann Curry is 64. Former NASA astronaut Eileen Collins is 64. Actor Allison Janney is 61. Rock musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) is 60. Actor Meg Ryan is 59. Actor-director Jodie Foster is 58. Actor Terry Farrell is 57. TV chef Rocco DiSpirito is 54. Actor Jason Scott Lee is 54. Olympic gold medal runner Gail Devers is 54. Actor Erika Alexander is 51. Rock musician Travis McNabb is 51. Singer Tony Rich is 49. Actor Sandrine Holt is 48. Country singer Billy Currington is 47. Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamika Scott (Xscape) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lil’ Mo is 43. Olympic gold medal gymnast Kerri Strug is 43. Actor Reid Scott is 43.

Meg Ryan became America's sweetheart thanks to movies like Meg Ryan became America’s sweetheart thanks to movies like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally.” (Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Lancia)

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