ON THIS DAY

May 31, 2017

Daily Mail - - Life - Com­piled by ETAN SMALLMAN and ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD

FROM THE DAILY MAIL ARCHIVE

MAY 31, 1956 THE first full shock of au­to­ma­tion hit Bri­tain last night when the Stan­dard Mo­tor Com­pany an­nounced that 2,640 work­ers in Coven­try are to be sacked. This is Ca­su­alty List No. 1 in the Ro­bot takeover. MAY 31, 1967 ACTOR-CO­ME­DIAN Dick Van Dyke is quit­ting show­busi­ness to de­vote his life to in­ter­est­ing young peo­ple in re­li­gion. The 41-year-old star said: ‘It’s too late for this gen­er­a­tion, but there are the young ones.’ He is in Eng­land to make his first film here, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. [Half a cen­tury later, he is still in show­busi­ness.]

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

BROOKE SHIELDS, 52. The U. S. ac­tress and model (right) be­came the youngest per­son, at 14, to grace the cover of Vogue. Aged 15, she ap­peared in a con­tro­ver­sial Calvin Klein jeans TV ad, say­ing: ‘You want to know what comes be­tween me and my Calvins? Noth­ing.’ TERRY WAITE, 78. As the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury’s en­voy, he went to Le­banon in 1987 to ne­go­ti­ate the re­lease of hostages, in­clud­ing jour­nal­ist John McCarthy and teacher Brian Keenan, but was him­self cap­tured and held for five years. Chained, blind­folded and in soli­tary con­fine­ment, he com­mu­ni­cated with hostages in the cell next door by tap­ping on the wall.

BORN ON THIS DAY

RAINIER III (1923-2005). Aged six, the Prince of Monaco was sent to a prep school in Sus­sex, where he was nick­named ‘fat lit­tle Monaco’. He met Grace Kelly (both right) at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in 1955 and they mar­ried the fol­low­ing year. Rainier called the wed­ding — seen by 30 mil­lion view­ers on live TV — ‘the biggest cir­cus in his­tory’. Kelly died in a car crash in 1982. Rainier never re­mar­ried. He died as Europe’s long­est-serv­ing monarch. WAL­TER SICKERT ( 1860- 1942). The painter is per­haps best-known as a man ac­cused of be­ing Jack the Rip­per. Among his ac­cusers is U.S. crime au­thor Pa­tri­cia Corn­well, who spent $6 mil­lion and bought 32 of his paint­ings as part of her re­search.

ON MAY 31...

IN 1916, the Bat­tle of Jut­land be­gan off the coast of Den­mark. IN 1998, Geri Hal­li­well — Ginger Spice — an­nounced she had left the Spice Girls. IN 2005, af­ter three decades of spec­u­la­tion, Mark Felt, 91, former deputy direc­tor of the FBI, was re­vealed as ‘ Deep Throat’, the Water­gate con­spir­acy whistle­blower.

WORD WIZARDRY

NEW PHRASE OF THE DAY Jig­saw fam­ily: A fam­ily in which chil­dren from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships live to­gether. GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION Yepsen (coined in 14th cen­tury) A) As much as the cupped hands will hold. B) In the op­po­site di­rec­tion; the wrong way. C) Trial by or­deal, re­quir­ing a sus­pect to eat a piece of bar­ley bread and cheese to test his in­no­cence. An­swer be­low. PHRASE EX­PLAINED

Not to be sneezed at — mean­ing not to be re­jected with­out con­sid­er­a­tion. De­rives from the 18th cen­tury habit of snuff-tak­ing (in­hal­ing ground to­bacco) and sneez­ing.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

WhAt is a high­brow? he is a man who has found some­thing more in­ter­est­ing than women Edgar Wal­lace, English thriller writer (1875-1932)

JOKE OF THE DAY

WHICH brand of com­puter has the best voice? A Dell. Guess the Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A.

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