ON THIS DAY

Scottish Daily Mail - - Front Page - Com­piled by ETAN SMALLMAN and ADAM JACOT de BOINOD

FROM THE DAILY MAIL AR­CHIVE

SEPTEM­BER 16, 1940 LONDON had its great­est thrill of the war yes­ter­day when Ger­man bombers were shot down in day­light at Ken­ning­ton, Vic­to­ria and Streatham. Peo­ple out in the open set up a cheer for our fighters. Oth­ers flocked out of the shel­ters to see what it was all about and joined the cheer­ing. SEPTEM­BER 16, 1964 A RECORD of The Bea­tles singing A Hard Day’s Night, a bikini and a birth con­trol pill are among 44 ar­ti­cles to be buried in a time cap­sule at the New York World’s Fair. The box will not be opened un­til the year 6964.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

MICKEY ROURKE, 65. The U.S. star’s ca­reer first peaked with 1986 erotic movie 9½ Weeks. When the lead roles dried up he went back to his first love, boxing. In 1994 he gave that up, had surgery to re­con­struct his bat­tered face and re­turned to act­ing — and won a Golden Globe for 2008’s The Wrestler. Rourke (above) said his hard­man im­age has draw­backs: ‘[Rude fans] nudge you at the bar, and if you give some­one a left hook, it’s half a mil­lion.’ JU­DITH MILLER, 66. The BBC An­tiques Road­show ex­pert co-founded Miller’s An­tiques Hand­book — known as the in­dus­try bi­ble. Her weak­ness is chairs: ‘Every time I go on a trip, my hus­band says: “Re­peat af­ter me, we do not need another sin­gle chair.” ’ Her other ob­ses­sion is rocker Bruce Spring­steen, whom she trav­els the world to see in con­cert.

BORN ON THIS DAY

SIR ALEXAN­DER KORDA (1893-1956). The Hun­gar­ian-born di­rec­tor be­hind The Pri­vate Life of Henry VIII and The Four Feath­ers was the first in the film in­dus­try to re­ceive a knight­hood. The Tiger Who Came To Tea au­thor Ju­dith Kerr cred­its him with sav­ing her­self and her fam­ily from the Nazis. Korda bought a screen­play from her fa­ther for £1,000. The film was never made, but the cash funded their es­cape to the UK. B.B. KING (1925-2015). Blues leg­end Ri­ley B. King got his stage name from his days as a ra­dio DJ, when he was known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, later short­ened to BB. He named all his gui­tars Lu­cille af­ter a woman two men fought over in a club where King (pic­tured) was ap­pear­ing. The brawl caused a fire and King risked his life re-en­ter­ing the venue to save his in­stru­ment.

ON SEPTEM­BER 16…

IN 1968, Royal Mail launched a two-tier sys­tem of first and sec­ond-class stamps. IN 1994, the Gov­ern­ment lifted the broad­cast­ing ban on Sinn Fein mem­bers.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY

GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION Woofits (coined 1918) A) Vague feel­ing of be­ing un­well. B) In the wrong di­rec­tion. C) Pen­du­lous skin. An­swer be­low PHRASE EX­PLAINED

In a nut­shell: To sum up con­cisely. From Ro­man philoso­pher Cicero, who said Homer’s The Iliad could be writ­ten on parch­ment small enough to fit in a wal­nut shell.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

A POLITI­CIAN was a per­son with whose pol­i­tics you did not agree. When you did agree, he was a states­man. David Lloyd Ge­orge, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter (1863-1945)

JOKE OF THE DAY

THE other day my wife and I were laugh­ing about how com­pet­i­tive we are — but I laughed more. Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A.

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