ON THIS DAY

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MARCH 21, 1967

SLOT ma­chine banks, where cus­tomers can draw £10 at any time of the day or night, are on the way. The ma­chines are to be fit­ted out­side some branches of the West­min­ster Bank. Cus­tomers will be is­sued with a plas­tic card. When this is in­serted in the ma­chine, an en­ve­lope con­tain­ing £10 will come out.

MARCH 21, 1968

IN A tele­vi­sion in­ter­view last night, Prince Philip gave frank an­swers to a panel of jour­nal­ists. Have you de­tected any change in the pub­lic at­ti­tude to the Monar­chy? ‘In 1953, we were a great deal younger — a young Queen and a young fam­ily were in­fin­itely more news­wor­thy and amus­ing. Now we are get­ting to mid­dle age. I dare say that when we are a bit more an­cient there might be a bit more rev­er­ence again.’

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

TI­MOTHY DAL­TON, 71. The English ac­tor played James Bond in The liv­ing Day­lights and li­cence To Kill, af­ter Roger Moore re­tired. He dropped out of Rada to join the Birm­ing­ham Reper­tory Theatre and said: ‘It took a year to undo the psy­cho­log­i­cal damage done by the op­pres­sive teach­ers.’ LORD HE­SEL­TINE, 84. The for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter was sacked as a gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sor ear­lier this month af­ter re­belling over Brexit. He and his wife claim to have culled nearly 300 grey squir­rels in their back gar­den in just six months to pro­tect birds and trees. On his 58th birth­day, the then en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary scrapped the poll tax and re­placed it with the coun­cil tax.

BORN ON THIS DAY

AYRTON SENNA (1960-94). The Brazil­ian three-time For­mula One cham­pion died af­ter hit­ting a wall while lead­ing the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Asif Ka­pa­dia’s Senna be­came the high­est gross­ing Bri­tish doc­u­men­tary of all time, earn­ing more than £3 mil­lion — a record since over­taken by Ka­pa­dia’s doc­u­men­tary about singer Amy Wine­house. JO­HANN SE­BAS­TIAN BACH (1685-1750). The Ger­man com­poser fa­thered 20 chil­dren but only 13 sur­vived into adult­hood. He had a sense of hu­mour, writ­ing a mini comic opera Sch­weigt stille, plaud­ert nicht (‘Be still, stop chat­ter­ing’), which told the story of char­ac­ters ad­dicted to cof­fee and pre­miered at a leipzig cof­fee house. IN 1935, Per­sia was of­fi­cially re­named Iran. IN 1999, co­me­dian Ernie Wise died aged 73. IN 2006, Twit­ter was launched. The first tweet was posted by co-founder Jack Dorsey and said: ‘Just set­ting up my twttr.’

WORD WIZ­ARDRY NEW WORD OF THE DAY

LDR — long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship. GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION Bren­dice (coined 1673) A) Cup in which one’s health is drunk. B) A brief respite in the weather. C) Noise of a thun­der­clap. An­swer be­low PHRASE EX­PLAINED

Clean bill of health — orig­i­nates from a doc­u­ment signed by the au­thor­i­ties to cer­tify that when a ship set sail, no in­fec­tious dis­or­der ex­isted on board.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

I HAVE not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas Edi­son, in­ven­tor (1847-1931)

JOKE OF THE DAY

HOW do you make a chicken salad? Step 1: Make a salad. Step 2: Give it to a chicken. Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A

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