April 4, 2019 ON THIS DAY

Daily Mail - - Life - Com­piled by ETAN SMALLMAN and ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD

FROM THE DAILY MAIL ARCHIVE APRIL 4, 1922

MAy 10 will be a red-letter day for fem­i­nists, for the In­ner Tem­ple is pre­dicted to ‘call’ the first woman bar­ris­ter, Miss Ivy Wil­liams, a Bach­e­lor of Civil Law and an Ox­ford MA.

APRIL 4, 1933

EvEr­EST was con­quered yes­ter­day — and the hon­our of be­ing the first to fly over the 29,0000ft gi­ant of the Hi­malayas went to four Bri­tish air­men. At Lal­balu Aero­drome, In­dia, spec­ta­tors had watched ex­cit­edly as the men put on elec­tri­cally heated fly­ing suits and ad­justed the oxy­gen- supply ap­pa­ra­tus be­fore take-off.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

DErEK THOMP­SON, 71. The Belfast- born ac­tor ( right) was in Berg­erac, Gonks Go Beat (1964), and had a fris­son with He­len Mir­ren in a lift in 1981 film The Long Good Fri­day. He is Ca­su­alty’s only orig­i­nal re­main­ing cast mem­ber — ap­pear­ing in the BBC series as nurse Char­lie Fair­head since 1986. In 2017, Thomp­son was re­vealed as the Cor­po­ra­tion’s high­est-paid drama star, on £400,000 a year. He has based the role on a charge nurse he met at Bris­tol royal In­fir­mary. rOBErT DOWNEy Jr, 54. The U.S. star of Iron Man and Chap­lin was the high­est-paid ac­tor of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was still in the top three last year, earning more than £60 mil­lion. He made his screen de­but at five and was of­fered wine and a cannabis joint by his fa­ther at eight. In the Nineties, he was an ad­dict, went to jail for drug of­fences and was widely said to have de­stroyed his ca­reer. But he got back on track when, ar­rested for drug use in 2001, he de­cided to go to re­hab.

BORN ON THIS DAY

HUGH MASEKELA (1939-2018). South Africa’s ‘Fa­ther of Jazz’ was a trum­peter whose songs Soweto Blues and Bring Him Back Home (Nel­son Man­dela) pro­vided the soundtrack to the anti-apartheid move­ment. He picked up the trum­pet at 14 after see­ing Kirk Dou­glas in 1950 film young Man With A Horn. Masekela, who played at the 2010 World Cup open­ing cer­e­mony in Jo­han­nes­burg, was mar­ried to singer Miriam Makeba, dubbed ‘Mama Africa’. MAyA AN­GELOU (19282014). The real name of the Amer­i­can poet and civil rights ac­tivist was Mar­guerite, but was called Maya be­cause her brother, would say as a child: ‘My-a sis­ter.’ An­gelou ( right) is best known for I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the first of seven vol­umes of au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. Be­fore she was a full-time writer, she made a ca­lypso al­bum, worked as ‘a fry cook in ham­burger joints’, and as a pros­ti­tute and madam.

ON APRIL 4…

In 1581, Queen El­iz­a­beth I awarded Fran­cis Drake a knight­hood aboard his ship, the Golden Hind.

In 1973, the World Trade Cen­ter, then the world’s tallest building at nearly 1,370ft high and with 110 storeys, opened in New york.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION: Tif­fin (1808)

A) Lunch or light meal. B) List­less per­son. C) Con­ceited young man. An­swer be­low PHRASE EX­PLAINED

Spit­ting im­age: Some­one who is the ex­act like­ness of an­other. One the­ory is that ‘spit’ is short for spirit, sug­gest­ing the sim­i­lar­i­ties to be iden­ti­cal in mind as well as body.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

YOU have en­e­mies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for some­thing, some­time in your life. Sir Win­ston Churchill, Bri­tish prime min­is­ter (1874-1965)

JOKE OF THE DAY

WHy did the physics teacher and bi­ol­ogy teacher split? There was no chem­istry. Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A.

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