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ON THIS DAY

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IT’S DAY 320 OF 2015

TO­DAY there are 320 cricket clubs in Afghanista­n. The game was first played by Bri­tish sol­diers in the cap­i­tal, Kabul, in 1839 and, de­spite be­ing banned by the Tal­iban at the turn of the mil­len­nium, is flour­ish­ing once again. IN 1997, snooker’s Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van took just 320 sec­onds to achieve the fastest-ever 147 max­i­mum break — an av­er­age of 8.8 sec­onds a shot. THE North At­lantic jet stream, a west-to-east rib­bon of very strong wind, hits speeds of up to 320 km/hr (200mph). It is par­tic­u­larly use­ful to air­craft trav­el­ling from the U.S. and Canada to Europe be­cause it can be ‘rid­den’ to im­prove jour­ney times.

THERE ARE 45 DAYS LEFT

THE long­est word in the English lan­guage —pneu mono ul­tra mi­cro­scopic si li co vol­cano co­nios is—has 45 let­ters and is a lung dis­ease caused by in­hal­ing sil­ica dust. Some dic­tio­nar­ies don’t carry it, how­ever, as the word — re­ferred to as ‘P45’ — was in­vented in 1935 by Everett M. Smith, pres­i­dent of the U.S. Na­tional Puz­zlers’ League, to draw at­ten­tion to the ever-in­creas­ing length of med­i­cal terms. THE Royal Mail de­liv­ers an av­er­age of 45 items ev­ery month to each of the 29 mil­lion ad­dresses in the UK. THE Mediter­ranean is­land of Ibiza has an av­er­age of just 45 rainy days a year. Lon­don has 107.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

MAG­GIE GYL­LEN­HAAL, 38. The U.S. ac­tress (right), who ap­peared in the Bat­man film The Dark Knight, was given the name ‘Mar­galit’, mean­ing ‘pearl’ in He­brew. She only dis­cov­ered this when sort­ing out pa­pers ahead of her wed­ding to ac­tor Peter Sars­gaard. CO­ME­DIAN Griff Rhys Jones, 62. A keen sailor, he and wife Jo had to jump into shark­in­fested wa­ters in 2009 af­ter a yacht they were sail­ing on near the Gala­pa­gos caught fire. They were in the wa­ter for five min­utes be­fore be­ing res­cued by a nearby boat. FRANK BRUNO, 54. The Bri­tish boxer won the WBC heavy­weight ti­tle in 1995, but lost it six months later to Mike Tyson. He had a Top 40 chart hit with a re­work­ing of the clas­sic song Eye Of The Tiger.

BORN ON THIS DAY

OSWALD MOSLEY (1896-1980). The aris­to­crat founded the Bri­tish Union of Fas­cists (BUF) in 1932 and was in­terned dur­ing World War II. Be­fore the war, Mosley made Wil­liam Joyce the BUF’s head of pro­pa­ganda. Joyce later be­came the voice of Lord Haw Haw, whose ra­dio show was beamed to the UK from Nazi Ger­many. ED­DIE CHAP­MAN (1914-1997). The ex­ploits of the sol­dier, bank rob­ber, and wartime dou­ble agent were made into a 1966 film, The Triple Cross, star­ring Christophe­r Plum­mer and Yul Bryn­ner. Af­ter the war he set up a health farm in Hert­ford­shire.

ON NOVEM­BER 16 . . .

IN 1841, Napoleon Guerin, of New York, patented the first life jacket, filled with cork. IN 1848, Pol­ish com­poser Fred­eric Chopin, dy­ing of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, gave his fi­nal pub­lic per­for­mance at the Guild­hall, Lon­don. In just over six months in Bri­tain, he gave more con­certs in his last months than he had in the pre­vi­ous ten years in Paris. IN 1936, a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis be­gan when Ed­ward VIII told Prime Min­is­ter Stan­ley Bald­win he in­tended to marry Amer­i­can so­cialite Wal­lis Simp­son (right), de­spite her two di­vorces. IN 1938, Spurs foot­baller Wil­lie Hall set a record for the fastest Eng­land hat-trick with three goals against Ire­land in just over three min­utes.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

I’m not say­ing my mother didn’t like me, but she did spend a lot of time look­ing for loop­holes in my birth cer­tifi­cate.

Co­me­dian Les Daw­son (1931-93)

JOKE OF THE DAY

WE WERE watch­ing DVDs back to back over the week­end. I’m so happy I ended up be­ing the one who got to sit fac­ing the TV.

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