ON THIS DAY

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FROM THE DAILY MAIL AR­CHIVE

OC­TO­BER 13, 1943 LoRD WooLToN yes­ter­day an­nounced a ‘wind­fall’ for the chil­dren of Bri­tain — 84 mil­lion or­anges. The Min­is­ter of Food said that chil­dren up to five would re­ceive two pounds of the fruit each, and those be­tween five and 16 one pound. OC­TO­BER 13, 1964 PRINCE Philip’s of­fice ca­bled The Bea­tles’ man­ager, Brian Ep­stein, from Canada yes­ter­day. It read: ‘Dis­re­gard Press re­ports quot­ing Duke of Ed­in­burgh say­ing Bea­tles on the wane. Should read: I think Bea­tles are away at the mo­ment. Mis­take prob­a­bly due to mis­print. Prince Philip sends his best wishes for con­tin­ued suc­cess.’

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

SACHA BARoN Co­HEN, 46. The Lon­don-born ac­tor and co­me­dian be­hind out­ra­geous char­ac­ters Ali G, Bo­rat and Bruno (right). He says his grand­mother, who died two years ago at 99, was prob­a­bly the world’s old­est keep-fit teacher. But she was not a fan of his work: ‘I took her to [the film] Bruno and she said she didn’t like it. So I asked: “What kind of hu­mour do you like?” She said: “Bal­let.”’ PAUL SI­MoN, 76. The Amer­i­can singer­song­writer is one half of Si­mon & Gar­funkel. Mrs Robin­son, from The Grad­u­ate sound­track, be­gan life as Mrs Roo­sevelt in trib­ute to U. S. Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt’s wife Eleanor. But the film’s di­rec­tor Mike Ni­chols told Si­mon: ‘Don’t be ridicu­lous! We’re mak­ing a movie here! It’s Mrs Robin­son.’

BORN ON THIS DAY

CHARLES FRED­ER­ICK WoRTH (18251895). The Lin­colnshire- born fash­ion de­signer found fame in Paris, be­com­ing known as the ‘fa­ther of haute cou­ture’. Many of his de­signs were in­spired by por­traits in Lon­don’s Na­tional Gallery. He pop­u­larised the bus­tle and was the first to use live man­nequins. LIL­LIE LANGTRY (18531929). The Chan­nel Is­lands actress, right, known as the Jersey Lily, was famed for her beauty rather than her per­for­mances. She was the sub­ject of The New Helen, a poem by os­car Wilde, in which he com­pared her to Helen of Troy. Fans in­cluded the Prince of Wales, later King Ed­ward VII, whose mis­tress she be­came.

ON OC­TO­BER 13…

IN 1269, West­min­ster Abbey was con­se­crated. IN 1923, Ankara was de­clared the cap­i­tal of Turkey, re­plac­ing Is­tan­bul. IN 2010, the last of 33 Chilean min­ers were res­cued after sur­viv­ing a record 69 days trapped 2,300ft un­der­ground.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY

GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION

Bat­tol­ogy (coined 1603) A) Study of the un­usual or bizarre. B) Anal­y­sis of ado­les­cent voice change. C) Rep­e­ti­tion of the same words or phrases in speech or writ­ing. An­swer be­low. PHRASE EX­PLAINED Point-blank: Mean­ing direct or in close range of fire, it comes from the French point blanc or ‘white spot’, the cen­tre of an archery tar­get.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

WE ALL know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us re­alise truth. Pablo Pi­casso (1881-1973)

JOKE OF THE DAY

WHY did the Queen go to the den­tist? To get her teeth crowned. Guess the Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: C.

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