August 31, 2016 ON THIS DAY

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August 31, 2016 ON THIS DAY


Byline: COMPILED BY ETAN SMALLMAN

IT'S DAY 244

A SCENE in Downton Abbey in which Lady Mary's maid, Anna Bates, was attacked and raped by a valet led to 244 complaints from viewers. Ofcom dismissed the protests.

THE world's smelliest frog is the skunk frog (Aromobates nocturnus), which is 2.44in long and native to Venezuelan cloud forests. A critically endangered species, its noxious but non-toxic skin secretion contains the same compound found in skunks' emissions.

IN 2013, Japan's population plummeted by a record 244,000 people. While falling birthrates are a problem for countries around the world, including Germany and Italy, Japan is at the forefront. With a quarter of its people aged over 65, it is predicted to lose one-third of its population over the next 50 years.

THERE ARE 122 DAYS LEFT

THE largest objects ever to be transported by air are the 122 ft Nasa space shuttles (pictured), which were 'piggy-backed' on top of extensively modified Boeing 747 jets to ferry them back from landing sites to the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The shuttles weigh about 100 tonnes each.

HORATIO NELSON was captain of HMS Boreas for just 18 months, but in that period he had 54 of his 122 seamen flogged. EMPEROR HADRIAN ordered the construction of what came to be known as Hadrian's Wall in 122 AD. The 73-mile wall was intended to keep the Caledonians, Picts and other tribes at bay and was the largest structure ever built by the ancient Romans.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

VAN MORRISON, 71. The Northern Ireland born singer of Brown-Eyed Girl fame was a huge fan of Charlie's Angel Farrah Fawcett. The feeling was mutual. When the actress was dying of cancer and too sick to attend one of his concerts, he taped it especially for her. …

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