ON THIS DAY

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

FROM THE DAILY MAIL AR­CHIVE

NOVEM­BER 15, 1949

THE Gov­ern­ment to­day calls for vol­un­teers to man the fire pumps, mar­shal the civil pop­u­la­tion, lift the de­bris, and tend the wounded in the event of an atomic war. They will be trained in ac­cor­dance with the ad­vice of ex­perts who went to Hiroshima and Na­gasaki to study the atom bomb.

NOVEM­BER 15, 1973

AF­TER a wed­ding which en­chanted the world by the per­fec­tion of its pageantry and the in­fec­tious­ness of its good hu­mour, Cap­tain and Mrs Phillips spent their honey­moon night at Thatched House Lodge, Rich­mond. Princess Anne was a stun­ning bride. The colours, the crowds, the ceremony, the sheer unadul­ter­ated rap­ture, made it the hap­pi­est of wed­dings

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

ANNI-FRID LYN­GSTAD, 74. The reclu­sive singer is the only mem­ber of Abba not born in Swe­den. Lyn­gstad was born in Nor­way, to a Nor­we­gian mother and Ger­man sol­dier fa­ther. Her mother died when she was one and she was brought up by her grand­mother. She didn’t meet her fa­ther un­til she was in her 30s. She met her fu­ture Abba band­mate and hus­band-to-be Benny An­der­s­son (pic­tured with her) in 1969 at the Swedish heats for the euro­vi­sion Song Con­test, where she fin­ished fourth.

ROBERTO CAVALLI, 79. The Ital­ian fashion de­signer is best known for his bold-prints and in­tro­duc­ing sand-blasted jeans. Cavalli, who holds a he­li­copter li­cence, has a menagerie of pets. ‘My mon­key was my best friend,’ he said, ‘but he got old and ag­gres­sive, so I had to get rid of him.’

BORN ON THIS DAY

J.G. BAL­LARD (1930-2009). The Chi­ne­se­born english science-fic­tion au­thor is best known for em­pire Of The Sun — turned into a 1987 film by Steven Spiel­berg. He was ob­sessed with as­sas­si­na­tions, car crashes and psy­chosis, and liked to show guests pho­tos of his girl­friend’s crash in­juries.

ANEURIN BE­VAN (18971960). The Welsh Labour min­is­ter of health and ar­chi­tect of the NHS was one of ten chil­dren, but only six sur­vived into adult­hood. Be­van (right) re­signed from the gov­ern­ment in 1951 in protest at the introducti­on of charges for den­tal care and spec­ta­cles.

ON NOVEM­BER 15…

IN 1979, Mar­garet Thatcher named Sir An­thony Blunt, art ad­viser to the Queen, as the fourth man in a Soviet spy ring.

IN 2018, david Hock­ney be­came the most highly val­ued liv­ing artist af­ter his Por­trait Of An Artist (Pool With Two Fig­ures) sold for more than £70 mil­lion.

WORD WIZ­ARDRY

GUESS THE DEF­I­NI­TION: Gan­der-flank­ing (c 2013)

A) Aim­lessly mess­ing about. B) Act­ing eva­sively. C) Play­ing tru­ant. An­swer be­low.

PHRASE EX­PLAINED

Give no quar­ter: Mean­ing show no mercy; it de­rives from spar­ing the lives of the en­emy and giv­ing or ‘grant­ing quar­ter’ or hous­ing them. So to give no quar­ter meant to take no pris­on­ers and kill all of them.

QUOTE FOR TO­DAY

A LIFE with­out fame can be a good life, but fame with­out a life is no life at all.

Clive James, Aus­tralian au­thor and broad­caster

JOKE OF THE DAY

HAVE you heard about the new restau­rant called Karma? There’s no menu — you get what you de­serve.

Guess The Def­i­ni­tion an­swer: A.

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