ON THIS DAY
May 31, 2017
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.]
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.
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.