Daily Mail

ON THIS DAY

- Compiled by ETAN SMALLMAN and ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD

FROM THE DAILY MAIL ARCHIVE JULY 29, 1972

A gIRL police cadet lost her job yesterday because she planned to wed. Stephanie Scrivener, 19, of Tuxford, nottingham­shire, was asked to resign after it was claimed she would not be able to cope with both work and marriage.

JULY 29, 1980

PRInCE CHARLES is negotiatin­g to buy £ 1 million Highgrove House in the Cotswolds. It would be an ideal place for Charles, who will be 32 in november, to start married life.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

AnDI PETERS, 49. The TV presenter — currently working on good Morning Britain — found fame with puppet Edd the Duck in Children’s BBC The Broom Cupboard. Edd didn’t appear on Tuesdays because his operator had another role that day. Peters (pictured with Edd) recalls: ‘People would write in and say, “Where is he?” I’d say, “He’s at Cubs.” We had to do a photoshoot with him in a Cubs uniform.’ DIAnE KEEn, 73. The star of daytime soap Doctors for nearly a decade appeared in Seventies sitcoms The Cuckoo Waltz and Rings on Their Fingers. Keen broke her foot before climbing Mount Kilimanjar­o but only went to the doctor afterwards, ‘because I knew he’d confirm it was serious and stop me flying’. A fan of American vintage cars, she bought a 1952 yellow cab at auction, saying: ‘I had it for about 15 years and used it to go to Ascot for the racing every year.’

BORN ON THIS DAY

BEnITO MUSSOLInI (1883-1945). Italy’s fascist wartime leader was expelled from his Catholic boarding school for stabbing another pupil with a penknife. In 1909, Mussolini wrote a bodice-ripping novel, The Cardinal’s Mistress, which he later dismissed as ‘a novel for seamstress­es and scandal’. He was shot dead two days before Hitler’s suicide. CLARA BOW (1905-1965). The American silent film star (pictured) found fame in 1927 romcom It, hence the nickname ‘The It girl’, a phrase she made famous. She rose from poverty, but struggled to settle in Hollywood, saying: ‘Mosta my friends’re ones I knew before I paid income tax.’

ON JULY 29…

IN 1833, William Wilberforc­e — who campaigned to end the slave trade — died, aged 73, a few weeks before the Act that abolished it in most of the British Empire became law.

IN 1966, John Lennon’s assertion that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’ was published in U.S. magazine Datebook, sparking outrage among Christians.

WORD WIZARDRY

GUESS THE DEFINITION: Fatootsed (1992) A) Complacent. B) Worn out. C) Vexed or exasperate­d. Answer below PHRASE EXPLAINED

A cat may look at a king — meaning someone of lower status can still do things in the presence of someone of higher status; from a 1562 book of proverbs that suggested that whatever your status, you can’t control everything as others will be your equal in some way.

QUOTE FOR TODAY

VIOLENCE is the last refuge of the incompeten­t Isaac Asimov, U.S. writer (1920-1992)

JOKE OF THE DAY

WHAT does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds. Guess The Definition answer: C.

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