ON THIS DAY October 10, 2016

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ON THIS DAY October 10, 2016


Byline: Compiled by ETAN SMALLMAN

IT'S DAY 284 ...

NUMBER 10 Downing Street has been home to prime ministers since George II offered it as a gift to Sir Robert Walpole 284 years ago. Nothing is known about the last private resident of Number 10, apart from his name -- Mr Chicken.

THE world record for the fastest escape from a straitjacket is just 2.84 seconds, achieved two years ago by the Italian escapologist, Danilo Audiello.

NUMBER 23 is the most commonly picked ball in the National Lottery Lotto draw, having been picked 284 times as of the beginning of this year. In second place was number 40 (picked 282 times), followed by 33 (picked 277 times).

THERE ARE 82 DAYS LEFT

THIEVES in Turkey managed to make off with an entire bridge in one night in 2013. It is assumed that the gang, who stole the 22-ton, 82ft structure from the province of Kocaeli, sought to sell it as scrap metal. The theft left villagers who wanted to reach their orchards having to paddle across barefoot.

A FIAT 500L used by Pope Francis on a visit to Philadelphia in the U.S. last year was auctioned for $82,000 in January -- the money raised was split between several church charities in the city.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

CHARLES DANCE, 70. The Worcestershire-born actor's first name is actually Walter (Charles is his middle name). Despite his plummy voice, the Game Of Thrones star and former grammar school boy grew up in a terrace house with an outdoor loo and says: 'People think I have the benefit of a public school education. I have this debonair label, but really I'm as common as muck.'

NICHOLAS PARSONS, 93. The presenter of Radio 4's Just A Minute first appeared on our screens in the Sixties with Benny Hill and hosted the TV game show Sale Of The Century for 12 years. …

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