ON THIS DAY
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.
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.
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
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