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- Greater London · London · Egypt · Russia · Frida Kahlo · New Orleans · Cary Grant · Eric Morecambe · ITV · The Lord of the Rings · Keir Hardie · Paul Temple · Gerry Anderson · Ava Gardner · J. R. R. Tolkien · John Osborne · Guess

FROM THE DAILY MAIL AR­CHIVE

SEPTEM­BER 2, 1939

THE great­est or­gan­ised move­ment of a hu­man pop­u­la­tion in the world’s his­tory started yes­ter­day. As if by some quiet smooth-work­ing ma­chine, nearly 1,000,000 chil­dren, mothers, blind and maimed peo­ple were taken from dan­ger to safety. Nearly half of the 3,000,000 are be­ing evac­u­ated from the Greater Lon­don area.

Of­fi­cials ev­ery­where said ‘the chil­dren be­haved sim­ply mar­vel­lously’.

SEPTEM­BER 2, 1969

LIByA be­came a So­cial­ist repub­lic last night after an of­fi­cers’ coup ousted proWestern King Idris. The blood­less coup opens the door for Egypt or Rus­sia to gain a strate­gic foothold in the boom­ing oil State.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

SALMA HAyEK, 54, pic­tured. The Mex­i­can- born ac­tress, whose mother was an opera singer, was Os­car-nom­i­nated for her role as artist Frida Kahlo in 2002’s Frida. She was ex­pelled from her Catholic board­ing school in New Or­leans, aged 12, for play­ing pranks on the nuns, in­clud­ing set­ting back the clocks. She is mar­ried to French lux­ury goods bil­lion­aire François-Henri Pin­ault. SIR KEIR STARMER, 58. The Labour leader and for­mer di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions was named after the founder of the party, Keir Hardie. His con­cen­tra­tion on his work was so in­tense as a young bar­ris­ter that a bur­glar man­aged to come into his flat and steal his TV without his notic­ing.

BORN ON THIS DAY

DEREK FOWLDS (1937-2020). The Lon­don-born ac­tor, who ap­peared as ‘Mr Derek’ in eight se­ries of The Basil Brush Show, played Prin­ci­pal Pri­vate Sec­re­tary Bernard Wool­ley in yes Min­is­ter and yes, Prime Min­is­ter. He also played Os­car Blake­ton (pic­tured) in Heart­beat, say­ing that he based the char­ac­ter on his drill in­struc­tor in the RAF dur­ing na­tional ser­vice days. ‘I just cut my hair shorter, slicked it back and shouted a lot.’ FRAN­CIS MATTHEWS (1927-2014). The ac­tor from york played the ti­tle role in the BBC’s lav­ish de­tec­tive se­ries Paul Temple and was cast as the voice of Cap­tain Scar­let in Cap­tain Scar­let And The Mys­terons — after pro­ducer Gerry An­der­son heard him do a jokey im­pres­sion of Cary Grant in an in­ter­view. He had an af­fair with Ava Gard­ner after ap­pear­ing with her in his first film, Bhowani Junc­tion in 1956. ON SEPTEM­BER 2…

In 1968, The More­cambe & Wise Show first ran on BBC 2, mark­ing the duo’s re­turn to the cor­po­ra­tion after 13 years, hav­ing de­fected to ITV.

In 1973, The Lord Of The Rings au­thor JRR Tolkien died, aged 81.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY

GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION: bashaw (coined c1530)

A) A per­son who is im­por­tant, im­pe­ri­ous or self-im­por­tant B) At full gal­lop C) A frame­work of hoops, usu­ally of whale­bone, worn un­der a dress to spread it wide

PHRASE EX­PLAINED: An­gry young man — refers to any­one fight­ing the sys­tem or the es­tab­lish­ment; it first ap­peared in 1941 but was used most fa­mously by John Os­borne in his play Look Back In Anger first per­formed in 1956.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

I try to stand apart . . . The critic must be pre­pared to sac­ri­fice even his clos­est friends.

Brian Sewell, art critic (1931-2015)

JOKE OF THE DAY

Peo­ple ask me why I col­lect shov­els . . . It is be­cause they are such a ground­break­ing in­ven­tion. Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A

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