ON THIS DAY

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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.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

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.

PHRASE EX­PLAINED

Barn­storm­ing: a flam­boy­antly en­er­getic and suc­cess­ful per­for­mance or per­former; from ac­tors tour­ing the coun­try­side in the early 19th cen­tury, per­form­ing in barns.

An­swer be­low

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