ON THIS DAY
FROM THE DAILY MAIL ARCHIVE JUNE 14, 1945
Mr CHURCHILL, in his second radio election broadcast, warned that if Britain did not have larger families, in 30 years we would have a far larger number of people over 65, and fewer younger people to carry the burden of the nation’s work. The future of Britain depended on an increase in the number of homes and the size of families.
JUNE 14, 1965
MIDDLE-AGED couples are given advice by the National Marriage Guidance Council today on what to do if their marriage is failing. The advice is given in a 2s 6d booklet called Middle-Aged Marriage. ‘There is no reason to expect any great lessening of sexual feeling,’ it says. ‘Some couples have reached greater satisfaction.’
JUDITH KERR, 95. As a child, the author fled to London to escape the Nazis. She wrote her first book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, (right) aged 45. It celebrates its 50th birthday this year and has never been out of print. Her publishers initially said the scene in which the tiger, head crammed into the sink, drinks ‘all the water in the tap’ was ‘rather unrealistic’. Kerr puts her longevity down to long walks, a Martini rosso with lunch and a whisky in the evening. DONALD TRUMP, 72. The 45th U.S. President was the oldest ever to assume the presidency (the average age for incoming U.S. leaders is 55; he was 70). The first billionaire president is the first in more than a century not to have a White House pet.
BORN ON THIS DAY
FREDRIC BAUR (1918-2008). The U.S. chemist invented the Pringles can (right), filing his patent in 1966. He insisted his children bury his ashes in one. Eldest son Larry said: ‘My siblings and I briefly debated what flavour to use, but I said, “Look, we need to use the original.” ’ HARRIET BEECHER SToWE (1811-1896). The U.S. author wrote 30 books, but her bestknown novel was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a response to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, which punished anyone who offered runaway slaves food or shelter. The book became the biggest bestseller of the 19th century after the Bible. When President Abraham Lincoln met her around the time of the Civil War, he said: ‘So you’re the little lady whose book started this big war.’
ON JUNE 14…
IN 1922, Warren Harding became the first U.S. president heard on radio. IN 1928, Emmeline Pankhurst died, aged 69, a few weeks before women received the vote on equal terms to men.
WORD WIZARDRY GUESS THE DEFINITION: Scrimshander (coined 1906)
A) one who adorns ivory or shells with carved or coloured designs. B) A turnstile. C) A scarecrow. Answer below
PHRASE EXPLAINED Mum’s the word:
Meaning to keep quiet; from the 17th century as an adaption of ‘mum is counsel’, used in the 16th century.
QUOTE FOR TODAY
PUNCTUALITY is the virtue of the bored. Evelyn Waugh, novelist (1903-1966)
JOKE OF THE DAY
My WIFE thinks I’m a fool for building a car out of macaroni. She won’t be laughing when i drive pasta. Guess the Definition answer: A