ON THIS DAY
FROM THE DAILY MAIL ARCHIVE
NOVEMBER 15, 1967 Harold ‘Kim’ PHilby, former head of the Soviet section of the british Secret intelligence Service, admitted in moscow today that he spied for russia for 30 years and said: ‘i would do it again tomorrow.’ He added that the depression and the pre-war split in british socialism led him to devote his life to the ‘fight for communism’. NOVEMBER 15, 1968 HySterical chileans almost crushed the Queen and Prince Philip in a few terrifying minutes as police cordons were swept aside by rapturous crowds [on their State visit]. ‘Stop, stop!’ yelled Prince Philip as the excited mob tried to touch Her majesty.
Jonny lee miller, 45. the english actor, star of trainspotting and mansfield Park, had a short-lived marriage to angelina Jolie. the bride wore rubber trousers and one of miller’s white t-shirts with his name written on it in blood to their 1996 wedding. miller says they remain great friends. His grandfather was bernard lee, who played m in 11 James bond films. Petula clarK, 85. the Surrey-born downtown singer and actress (pictured) was the first british woman to win a Grammy award. as a child, she entertained World War ii troops on the radio and in concert. of performing into her 80s, she said: ‘the whole obsession with age is something i don’t understand. doing your job well is what matters. i love performing.’
BORN ON THIS DAY
aneurin bevan (1897-1960). the labour minister of health was the architect of the nHS but resigned in 1951 in protest at the introduction of prescription charges for dental care and spectacles. the Welsh-born miner’s son did poorly at school and left at 13 to work in a colliery. a decade later he won a scholarship to study economics, history and politics at college. erWin rommel (1891-1944). the German field marshal, nicknamed the desert Fox, aroused respect among his enemies. churchill said in 1942: ‘We have a very daring and skilful opponent against us, and, may i say across the havoc of war, a great general.’ in 1944, rommel was accused of taking part in a plot to assassinate Hitler and was persuaded to take his own life.
ON NOVEMBER 15…
IN 1837, isaac Pitman introduced his shorthand system. IN 1899, Winston churchill, then a young war correspondent, was captured and imprisoned by boers in South africa. IN 1984, american baby Stephanie Fae beauclair died three weeks after the world’s first cross-species heart transplant, having been given a baboon’s heart.
WORD WIZARDRY GUESS THE DEFINITION Lagan (coined 1531)
a) an awkward situation. b) Goods thrown overboard but tied to a buoy in order to be found again. c) a young rabbit.
Barnstorming: a flamboyantly energetic and successful performance or performer; from actors touring the countryside in the early 19th century, performing in barns.