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ON THIS DAY

De­cem­ber 4, 2018

- PHRASE EX­PLAINED Com­piled by ETAN SMALLMAN and ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD Entertainment · Celebrities · Elvis Presley · Jeff Bridges · Philadelphia Union · University of Miami · United States of America · America's Next Top Model · Victoria’s Secret · The Beach Boys · Fleetwood Mac · Charles Manson · Norfolk · Netherlands · France · Belgium · New York City · Led Zeppelin · Alexander Graham Bell · Guess · Day · Bruce Forsyth · Alternative TV · Banks · Wilson · Christine McVie · Manson, Indiana · Edith Cavell · Henri Matisse · Matisse · John Bonham · Ronnie Corbett

FROM THE DAILY MAIL ARCHIVE DE­CEM­BER 4, 1944

The King spoke on the ra­dio last night, fol­low­ing the Home Guard ‘stand down’ pa­rades all over the coun­try. He said: ‘I am very proud of what the Home Guard have done, and I give my heart­felt thanks to you all. You have served your coun­try with a stead­fast de­vo­tion. I know that your coun­try will not for­get that ser­vice.’

DE­CEM­BER 4, 1958

ROY cas­tle and Bruce Forsyth, two big hits of this year’s Royal Va­ri­ety Show, are to be groomed for star­dom. They will head a team of new faces in New look, an hour-long re­vue planned for ATV. It means that Cas­tle, a 26-year-old York­shire­man, may soon be able to make the fi­nal pay­ment on the house near Black­pool where his par­ents live.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

Jeff Bridges, 69. The Os­car-win­ning Amer­i­can star of Crazy Heart and True Grit made his screen de­but when he was one and has been de­scribed as pos­si­bly ‘the most nat­u­ral screen ac­tor that has ever lived’. He says his favourite role was in The Big le­bowski, which he ad­mits to watch­ing ev­ery time it comes on TV. TYRA BANKS, 45. The U.S. su­per­model pre­sented and pro­duced the TV se­ries Amer­ica’s Next Top Model for 22 sea­sons. She was the first black woman to ap­pear solo on the cover of Sports Il­lus­trated mag­a­zine, and once said: ‘I made my liv­ing be­ing 20-30lb heav­ier than the av­er­age model. Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret said I sold more bras and panties than any­body else.’

BORN ON THIS DAY

DeN­NIS Wil­son (1944-1983). The U.S. mu­si­cian was the sex sym­bol of the Beach Boys, who brought surf­ing cul­ture to the masses with their mu­sic. He dated Fleet­wood Mac’s Chris­tine McVie, who said he had ‘a split per­son­al­ity’: ‘Half of him was like a lit­tle boy, the other half was in­sane.’ He be­friended cult leader Charles Man­son, even invit­ing him to move in. Man­son was later con­victed of seven mur­ders. Edith Cavell (1865-1915). The nurse from Nor­folk treated soldiers from both sides dur­ing World War I. Af­ter help­ing more than 200 Al­lied ser­vice­men es­cape to the Nether­lands, she was con­victed of trea­son and ex­e­cuted by the Ger­mans. Her hero­ism led edith to be­come a pop­u­lar name for girls in France and Bel­gium.

ON DE­CEM­BER 4… IN 1961,

the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York dis­cov­ered Henri Matisse’s le Bateau had been hang­ing up­side down for 47 days.

IN 1980, Bri­tish rock band led Zep­pelin an­nounced they were dis­band­ing, fol­low­ing the death of drum­mer John Bon­ham.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION: Dipter­ous (late 18th cen­tury) A) Re­lat­ing to a fly B) Re­lat­ing to a bat C) Re­lat­ing to a finch An­swer be­low

Bell, book and can­dle: Used to ac­com­pany a se­vere rep­ri­mand, in­volv­ing to­tal ex­clu­sion or re­jec­tion. It de­rives from cer­e­mo­nial ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the Ro­man Catholic Church, with the bell be­ing tolled, the book closed and the can­dle ex­tin­guished.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

I keep fit­ter than you think. I have my own tread­mill at home — I’m only do­ing widths at the mo­ment. Ron­nie Corbett, Scot­tish co­me­dian (1930-2016)

JOKE OF THE DAY

WHAT do nans eat for break­fast? Gra­nola. Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A.

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