Pauline Fowler is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera
EastEnders, portrayed by Wendy Richard. Pauline was created by
scriptwriter Tony Holland and producer Julia Smith as one of
EastEnders' original characters, making her debut in the soap's first
episode in 1985, and remaining for twenty-one years and ten months,
making her the second longest-running original character. Her
storylines focus on drudgery, money worries and family troubles. She is
portrayed as a stoic, opinionated battle-axe – a family-orientated
woman who alienates her kin due to overbearing interference. Her
marriage to the downtrodden Arthur was central to the character for the
first eleven years of the programme, culminating with his screen death
in 1996. She was used for comedic purposes in scenes with her
launderette colleague Dot Branning, and scriptwriters included many
feuds in her narrative, most notably with her daughter-in-law, Sonia,
and Den Watts, a family friend who got her daughter Michelle pregnant
at 16. The character was killed off in a "whodunit" murder storyline,
with Richard making her final appearance in 2006.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Following the death of the Roman Emperor Jovian, officers of the army
at Nicaea in Bithynia selected Flavius Valentinianus to succeed him.
Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba, an island off the coast of Italy
where he had been exiled after the signing of the Treaty of
Fontainebleau one year earlier.
With the aid of a radio station in Daventry, England and two receiving
antennas, Scottish engineer and inventor Robert Watson-Watt first
demonstrated the use of radar.
Over 1400 troops of the Imperial Japanese Army staged a coup d'etat in
Japan, occupying Tokyo, and killing Finance Minister Takahashi Korekiyo
and several other leading politicians.
Barings Bank, the oldest merchant bank in London, collapsed after its
head derivatives trader in Singapore, Nick Leeson, lost £827 million
while making unauthorized speculative trades on futures contracts.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Boring, monotonous, time consuming, wearisome
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One
must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.
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