The Friday Irregular
Issue #501 - 9th November 2018

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Friday 9th November   -   Korean king Gyeongjong of Goryeo born, 955. Byzantine emperor Constantine VII died, 959. The first Welsh war ended with the Treaty of Aberconwy, 1277. Composer Johann Speth born, 1664. William of Orange captured Exeter during the Glorious Revolution, 1688. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, co-founder of the first private orphanage in New York, died, 1854. Astronomer Carl Sagan born, 1934. The Northeast blackout of 1965 hit parts of eastern Canada and several U.S. states, 1965. Singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba died, 2008.
Saturday 10th November   -   Soldiers on the Fourth Crusade defied Pope Innocent III and besieged Zara (present-day Zadar in Croatia), 1202. Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, born, 1341. Explorer Richard Chancellor died returning to England from Russia, 1556. The French Convention proclaimed a Goddess of Reason, 1793. Musican & folklorist Maria Jane Williams died, 1873. Sculptor Jacob Epstein born, 1880. Sesame Street debuted on the National Education Television network in America, 1969. Actress Brittany Murphy born, 1977. Writer Ken Kesey died, 2001.
Sunday 11th November   -   Caliph Yazid I died, 405. The marriage of King Henry I of England and Matilda of Scotland, 1100. Occultist & physician Paracelsus born, 1493. Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time, 1675. Highwayman Joseph Blake hanged, 1724. Civil rights activist Daisy Bates born, 1914. Combat in World War I ended a few hours after an armistice was signed in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiègne, France, 1918. Actress Calista Flockhart born, 1964. Rex Hunt, Governor of the Falkland Islands at the time of the Falklands War, died, 2012. Remembrance Day in the U.K. & Commonwealth. Armistice Day in New Zealand, France, Belgium & Serbia. Veterans Day in the U.S.A. Various events worldwide to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.
Monday 12th November   -   Cnut the Great, King of Denmark, England & Norway, died, 1035. Plymouth became the first English town to be incorporated by Parliament, 1439. Nurse Jeanne Mance, founder of the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, born, 1606. Writer Elizabeth Gaskell died, 1865. William Heffelfinger became the first professional American Football player on record, 1892. Actress Kim Hunter born, 1922. The immigrant inspection station on Ellis Island in Upper New York Bay ceased operating, 1954. Journalist, presenter & writer Mariella Frostrup born, 1962. The Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell died, 2008.
Tuesday 13th November   -   King Malcolm III of Scotland killed in an ambush, 1093. King Edward III of England born, 1312. Royalist forces failed to capture London in the Battle of Turnham Green during the English Civil War, 1642. Dorothea Erxleben, the first female medical doctor in Germany, born, 1715. James Braid saw a demonstration of "animal magnetism" which would lead to his research into what he named hypnotism and hypnotherapy, 1841. Composer Gioachino Rossini died, 1868. Actress Whoopi Goldberg born, 1955. Historian Bernard DeVoto died, 1955. Ronald DeFeo, Jr, murdered his family in Amityville, Long Island, an incident that would inspire the book and film franchise of The Amityville Horror, 1974. Sadie Hawkins Day in the U.S.
Wednesday 14th November   -   Elizabethan torturer Richard Topcliffe born, 1531. Nell Gwyn, mistress of King Charles II of England, died, 1687. Explorer James Bruce discovered what he thought was the source of the Nile, 1770. Artist Claude Monet born, 1840. Friedrich Soennecken invented the hole puncher, 1886. Actress Veronica Lake born, 1906. Writer Hector Hugh Munro ("Saki") died at the Battle of the Ancre, 1916. Physicist Theodore Maiman was granted a patent for the ruby laser, 1967. U.S. television writer & producer Glen A. Larson died, 2014. World Diabetes Day.
Thursday 15th November   -   Otto V, Duke of Bavaria, died, 1379. Writer Johannes Secundus born, 1511. Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto met Inca leader Atahualpa for the first time, 1532. Explorer Martin Frobisher died of an infection, having been shot at the Siege of Fort Crozon, 1594. William Pitt the Elder, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, born, 1708. Lieutenant Zebulon Pike first saw the mountain later named Pikes Peak, 1806. ABBA singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad born, 1945. Intel released the 4004, the first commercial single-chip microprocessor, 1971. Anthropologist Margaret Mead died, 1978. Beaujolais Day (International). Day of the Imprisoned Writer (International). The Great American Smokeout in the U.S.


This week, Margaret Mead:
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.


A mixed bag of quotations. Answers next issue or from the regular address. Last issue's quotations were from films starring Jennifer Morrison:


Strange stories from around the world, some of which might be true...

IN BRIEF: Iran infiltrated CIA agents' communications network after suspecting a mole had been planted in its nuclear program, thanks to network admins failing to block servers from being indexed by webcrawlers, allowing Google searches of accidentally-public information. ● Imperial College London to use holographic projectors to allow lecturers in other locations worldwide to deliver lessons. ● Man paddles down River Ouse in 629kg (1,364lb) hollowed-out pumpkin; applies to have achievement recognised by Guinness World Records. ● Britain's National Health Service spends almost £3m ($3.95m) removing items from ears and noses, mostly from children. ● Swiss resident Beat Wampfler is experimenting to see whether playing music will affect how cheese ripens, with support from the University of Arts in Bern. ● Japan launches search mission after uninhabited island used to delineate territorial sea boundary seemingly sinks below water. ● Woman who claimed to have had sex with 15 ghosts now "settling down with poltergeist". ● Dublin pizza restaurant offering €500 (£436; $573) to anyone who can finish their 32" (81cm) pizza and two milkshakes in one sitting.


Spice Girls confirm reunion world tour without Victoria Beckham, Adele celebrates by tweeting picture of herself as a girl cheering in front of wall of Spice Girls posters. ● Ant McPartlin castigated by judge after failing to show up for divorce settlement hearing. ● Avatar sequel names may have been revealed as Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider & Avatar: The Quest for Eywa. ● Benedict Cumberbatch to voice the Grinch in Illuminated Entertainment's upcoming adaptation. ● Somebody won the final Channel 5 series of Big Brother. ● Ewan McGregor to play villain Black Mask in Warner Bros' Birds of Prey DC Universe film, costarring Margot Robbie reprising Harly Quinn. ● Channel 4 to move national headquarters to Leeds. ● Doctor Who Christmas special to move to New Year's Day. ● UK music revenues grew by 7% in 2017, record sales up 9% on 2016; mostly on the back of Ed Sheeran's ÷, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa. ● Adult Harry Potter fan finds unsent letter to J.K. Rowling written when they were 11, tweets it, Rowling responds with note to "Dear Past You". ● Royal Ballet's Francesca Hayward joins cast of Cats film as kitten Victoria. ● Neil Young, Daryl Hannah confirm marriage. ● Co-founder of Satanic Temple suing Netflix over The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's use of copyrighted monument to Baphomet. ● UK Criminal Prosecution Service reaches payment settlement with D.J. Paul Gambaccini over unfounded historical sexual abuse allegations. ● Players slam Ubisoft over aesthetic changes to Rainbow Six Siege ahead of Asian release. ● There is a patch of road in Red Dead Redemption that sets non-player characters on fire without warning. ● Sir Ridley Scott developing Gladiator sequel centred on Commodus' (Joaquin Phenix in 2000 original) nephew Lucius, possibility of Russell Crowe's Maximus returning in flashbacks. ● Caroline Flack, Ann Widdecombe, Micheal Vaughan among former contestants returning for Christmas Strictly Come Dancing. ● Andy Bean, Derek Mears to play Alec Holland/Swamp Thing in DC Universe TV series. ● Netflix overcomes legal obstacles to secure rights to Orson Welles' unfinished last film The Other Side of the Wind. ● Twitter-based viral ghost story Dear David to be made into film. ● Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, confirm development of Bad Boys 3. ● Shrek reboot in the works. ● Esther Rantzen suggests BBC considering return of That's Life. ● Toby Whitehouse, Neil Gaiman, working on Gormenghast adaptation, broadcaster yet to be revealed. ● Series creator Vince Gilligan developing Breaking Bad movie for Sony. ● HBO refutes George R.R. Martin's claim that Game of Thrones prequel series will be called The Long Night. ● Already beset by problems with judges The X Factor's 'live' show revealed to be pre-recorded after sound issues lead to voting being suspended. ● Deadwood movie begins filming. ● Development started on Paddington 3. ● Controvery over apparent inclusion of Professor McGonegall in Fantastic Beasts 2 despite film being set before she was born (according to fan calculations).

MTV Europe Music Awards. Best Video: Camila Cabello ft Young Thug, "Havana"; Best Song: Camila Cabello ft Young Thug, "Havana"; Best Pop: Dua Lipa; Best New Artist: Cardi B; Best Look: Nicki Minaj; Best Hip Hop: Nicki Minaj; Best Live: Shawn Mendes; Best Rock: 5 Seconds of Summer; Best Alternative: Panic at the Disco; Best Electronic: Marshmello; Biggest Fans: BTS; Best World Stage: Alessia Cara MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018; Best Push: Grace VanderWaal (December 2017); Best U.S. Act: Camila Cabello; Best UK & Ireland Act: Little Mix; Global Icon: Janet Jackson.


Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove (Erykah Badu, Directions in Music, two-time Grammy winner, 49), civil servant Jeremy Heywood (former Cabinet Secretary & head of UK civil service, 57), speed racer & stuntwoman Kitty O'Neill (Wonder Woman [1970s TV], The Blues Brothers, still-current women's land speed record holder, 72), property developer Mario Segale (the man after whom Ninteno's Super Mario was named, 84), actor Carlo Giuffrè (Robert Benigni's Pinocchio, The Girl With the Pistol, La Pelle, 89), film producer Raymond Chow (The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Enter the Dragon, 91), former racing driver Ron Easton (the man rescued last week after being stuck on his roof for 3 days, 102).


Dumbledore Bear, our in-house psychic predicts that the following numbers will be lucky:
10, 17, 26, 52, 55, 58
[UK National Lottery, number range 1-59]
You can get your very own prediction at


    Little Jennifer had come home from school. "Hello, Little Jennifer," her mother said, "and what did you learn in school today."
    Little Jennifer dropped her schoolbag and pouted as only Little Jennifer could. "Not enough, apparently, Mummy. Miss wants me to go back tomorrow!"

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