Hattie Jacques (1922–1980) was an English comedy actress of stage,
radio and screen, known to a world-wide audience through her portrayals
of strict, no-nonsense characters in 14 of the Carry On films. She
started her career on stage at the Players' Theatre, London, before
progressing onto radio, where she appeared in three popular BBC series,
It's That Man Again, Educating Archie and Hancock's Half Hour. Her
cinematic debut—in Green for Danger—was brief and uncredited, but
she grew to have a prolific screen career. Jacques developed a long
professional stage and television partnership with Eric Sykes, with whom
she co-starred in the long-running series Sykes and Sykes and a.... The
role endeared her to the public and the two became staples of British
television. Her private life was turbulent: she was married to the actor
John Le Mesurier from 1949 until their divorce in 1965, a separation
caused by her five-year affair with another man. Jacques, who had been
overweight since her teenage years, suffered ill-health soon after the
separation from Le Mesurier. She died in 1980 of a heart attack.
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Leo I (pictured on solidus) was crowned Byzantine emperor, and
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More than 3,000 women in London participated in the Mud March,
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Suffrage Societies, seeking women's suffrage in the United Kingdom.
Walt Disney's Pinocchio, the first animated motion picture to
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President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier fled the country after
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Someone who creates constructed languages (conlangs).
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The Prince himself has no distinction, either of garments, or of
a crown; but is only distinguished by a sheaf of corn carried before
him; as the high priest is also known by his being preceded by a person
carrying a wax light. They have but few laws, and such is their
constitution that they need not many. They very much condemn other
nations whose laws, together with the commentaries on them, swell up to
so many volumes; for they think it an unreasonable thing to oblige men
to obey a body of laws that are both of such a bulk, and so dark as not
to be read and understood by every one of the subjects.
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