ON THIS DAY

Daily Mail - - Life - Com­piled by ETAN SMALLMAN and ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD FROM THE DAILY MAIL AR­CHIVE

MAY 3, 1939

HORSE own­ers met at RSPCA head­quar­ters in Jermyn Street, Lon­don, yes­ter­day to dis­cuss ways of pro­tect­ing Bri­tain’s 200,000 work­ing horses in wartime. An RSPCA Coun­cil mem­ber said noth­ing had been found to shield horses from gas at­tack, but much could be done to stop them from be­ing fright­ened dur­ing bomb­ing.

MAY 3, 1979

ON THE eve of to­day’s Gen­eral Elec­tion, the opin­ion polls were unan­i­mous: Mrs Thatcher is set to be­come Bri­tain’s first woman Prime Min­is­ter. A Na­tional opin­ion Polls sur­vey for the Daily Mail, com­pleted at noon yes­ter­day, showed the Tories ahead of Labour by 7 per cent. [Thatcher se­cured a majority of 43 seats.]

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

SANDI TOKSVIG, 61. The Dan­ish-born host of The Great Bri­tish Bake off and quiz show QI grew up in the U.S. and her ac­cent ‘if I’m tired or I’ve had a glass of wine, is Amer­i­can’. Her father was a for­eign correspond­ent — and aged 11, Toksvig ‘stood in Nasa’s mis­sion con­trol in Hous­ton, Texas, hold­ing the hand of Neil Arm­strong’s sec­re­tary as he stepped out of the Ea­gle lu­nar mod­ule on to the sur­face of the Moon’. She wants the Hokey Cokey played at her funeral. CHRISTINA HEN­DRICKS, 44. The U.S. ac­tress, fa­mous as Joan Hol­loway in the Tv se­ries Mad Men, is known for her hour­glass fig­ure and red hair. A nat­u­ral blonde, she be­gan us­ing dye be­cause her hero­ine was the fic­tional red­head Anne of Green Gables. on be­ing com­pared to Hol­ly­wood’s great­est sex sym­bol, Hen­dricks said: ‘I don’t think any woman in the world could get tired of be­ing com­pared to Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe.’

BORN ON THIS DAY

BING CROSBY ( 19031977). The singer and ac­tor had his big­gest hit with White Christ­mas. Recorded in just 18 min­utes, the song gained him the Guin­ness World Record for best­selling sin­gle ( with 50 mil­lion copies sold). The Amer­i­can star holds the record for the longestrun­ning fan club for a solo singer — In­ter­na­tional Club Crosby was founded in 1936. SUGAR RAY ROBIN­SON (1921-1989). The five-time world mid­dleweight cham­pion boxer was dubbed ‘pound for pound, the best’ in the world and Muham­mad Ali told him: ‘You are the king, the mas­ter, my idol.’ Born Walker Smith in Ai­ley, Ge­or­gia, he gained his nick­name af­ter a sports re­porter de­scribed his style as ‘sweet as sugar’.

ON MAY 3…

In 1997, Ka­t­rina And The Waves won the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test with Love Shine A Light, the last time the UK tri­umphed. In 2007, three-year-old Madeleine McCann, from Le­ices­ter­shire, van­ished in Por­tu­gal.

WORD WIZARDRY

GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION: Sprezzy (2016) A) Chic and el­e­gant. B) Wet or fee­ble. C) Ex­pen­sive. An­swer be­low

PHRASE EX­PLAINED

Tub-thump­ing: Ex­press­ing opin­ions in a loud or ag­gres­sive way. First recorded in the 1650s, it was often used to de­scribe non­con­formist priests, who banged on the pul­pit to give em­pha­sis.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

Lis­ten­ing, not imi­ta­tion, may be the sin­cer­est form of flat­tery. Joyce Broth­ers, U.S. psy­chol­o­gist (1927-2013)

JOKE OF THE DAY

If I had £1 for ev­ery maths test I’ve failed, I’d have £3.27 by now! guess the Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A.

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