July 30, 2015 ON THIS DAY

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July 30, 2015 ON THIS DAY


Byline: COMPILED BY JAMES BLACK

IT'S DAY 211 OF 2015

THE average British worker spends 211 hours a year -- 54 minutes each working day -- commuting to and from work.

ISAMBARD Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Eastern was the world's largest ship when launched in 1858 at 211m long. It took 41 years before a longer ship was built -- RMS Oceanic.

WOMEN were banned from membership of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for 211 years until 1998, when the club reversed its men-only policy.

'THIS tape will self-destruct in five seconds,' was the phrase used at the start of the majority of the 211 episodes and film versions of Sixties spy series Mission Impossible.

THERE ARE 154 DAYS LEFT

ONCE referred to as an oversized electricity pylon, Paris's 324m tall Eiffel Tower varies in height by as much as 154mm depending on the temperature. AN AVERAGE 154,000 people around the world die every day, the equivalent of everyone in Oxford. THE first married couple in space, Mark Lee and Jan Davis, were on the 154th manned space flight, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in 1992. They met during training and kept their marriage secret until just before the launch. They are now divorced.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

MUSICIAN Kate Bush (pictured), 57. Her 1978 hit Wuthering Heights made Kent-born Kate the first woman to have a UK Number One with a song that she had written herself.

GOLFER Justin Rose, 35.

English winner of the U.S. Open in 2013. As a 17-yearold amateur, he came fourth at the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale with an amazing chip-in at the last hole -- and turned pro the next day.

FILM-MAKER Christopher Nolan, 45. The London-born director of The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar is the nephew of Kim Hartman -- German Private Helga Geerhart from Eighties comedy series 'Allo 'Allo. …

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