ON THIS DAY

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

FROM THE DAILY MAIL AR­CHIVE

NOVEM­BER 14, 1941 HITLER may have re­frained from us­ing gas so far be­cause Bri­tain has made bet­ter pro­vi­sion for the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion against gas than Ger­many or any other coun­try.

Her­bert Mor­ri­son, Home Sec­re­tary, said this yes­ter­day: ‘Bri­tain’s prom­ise not to use gas will be honoured so long as Hitler keeps his word in this mat­ter. But if he breaks it, Bri­tain will hit back the same way.’ NOVEM­BER 14, 1962 MoRE ready-made Christ­mas pud­dings, cakes and mince­meat will be sold this year than ever be­fore. The Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Whole­sale Gro­cers say this shows housewives plan ‘in­stant’ Christ­mases.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

RuS­SELL TovEy, 38. The ac­tor from Es­sex starred in The His­tory Boys, Him & Her and Be­ing Hu­man. Tovey (pic­tured) has a French bull­dog called Rocky, who has won the hearts of his 300,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram. once a cab­bie recog­nised Tovey in the street, wound down his win­dow and shouted: ‘oi, ain’t you Rocky’s dad?’ PRINCE CHARLES, 71. The heir to the throne trav­els in an elec­tric Jaguar and had his As­ton Martin DB6 Mark 2 volante con­verted to run on E85 bioethanol made from by-prod­ucts of the wine and cheese in­dus­tries. He has been a Doctor Who fan since he was 15, but turned down a cameo role, lead­ing pro­ducer Rus­sell T. Davies to call him ‘a mis­er­able swine’.

BORN ON THIS DAY

vERoN­ICA LAKE (19221973). The 1940s screen idol and World War II pin-up (pic­tured) was born Constance ock­le­man and starred in This Gun For Hire. She was fa­mous for her peek-a-boo hair­style. It be­came so pop­u­lar, the u.S. Man­power Com­mis­sion asked her to change it dur­ing the war be­cause fac­tory work­ers who copied it were at risk of get­ting their hair caught in the ma­chin­ery. SHIRLEy CRAB­TREE (1930-1997). The wrestler from West york­shire, who en­tered the Guin­ness Book of Records with his 64in chest, shot to fame as Big Daddy. His grand­mother chose the name Shirley from the novel by Char­lotte Bronte as she thought it would be char­ac­ter-build­ing. How­ever, Crab­tree had to deal with school bul­lies call­ing him Shirley Tem­ple.

ON NOVEM­BER 14 . . .

IN 1851, Moby Dick by Herman Melville was pub­lished.

IN 1969, Amer­ica’s sec­ond lu­nar land­ing mis­sion, Apollo 12, was launched.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY

GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION: toc­sin (coined c.1580)

A) A gift given by a pupil to a teacher. B) An alarm bell rung as a warn­ing C) A book car­ried in the hand for ref­er­ence

An­swer be­low.

PHRASE EX­PLAINED

Get off your high horse: mean­ing stop be­ing so ar­ro­gant; the term ‘high horse’ orig­i­nated around 1380; those in com­mand chose the big­gest horses to ride as a dis­play of their power and, as this height put them high above the crowds, they could act as if they were bet­ter than those be­low.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

Be­tween our birth and death we may touch un­der­stand­ing, as a moth brushes a win­dow with its wing

Christo­pher Fry, English drama­tist (1907-2005)

JOKE OF THE DAY

WHAT do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind? A maybe.

Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: B

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