December 21, 2016 ON THIS DAY

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December 21, 2016 ON THIS DAY


Byline: COMPILED BY ETAN SMALLMAN

IT'S DAY 356

WITH 356,000 in the UK, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (pictured) -- bred in the 19th century as a fighting dog -- is our third most popular breed. Top is the Labrador Retriever (510,000) followed by the Jack Russell (376,000). Staffies are nicknamed the 'nanny dog' because they are reputed to be good with children.

THE Crown Estate includes 356,000 acres -- worth PS8 billion -- of agricultural land, forests and the foreshore of almost half of the UK's coastline. The Queen is granted 15 per cent of Crown Estate profits, which means she received PS43 million in the current financial year. IN 2011, 356 newborn boys in the U.S. were named Beckham.

THERE ARE 10 DAYS LEFT

ZARA PHILLIPS won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award ten years ago -- 35 years after the prize was given to her mother, Princess Anne. It capped off a year that saw Zara hold both world and European equestrian titles on her horse, Toytown.

STARING at women's breasts for ten minutes is as good for a man as 30 minutes in the gym, according to German scientists. Volunteers -- told to look at 'well-endowed females' daily -- had lower blood pressure and slower resting pulse rates. One researcher said: 'Sexual excitement gets the heart pumping and improves circulation.' MORE than five million British adults have never used the internet, according to the Office for National Statistics.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

KIEFER SUTHERLAND, 50 (pictured). The Canadian actor's role as Jack Bauer in 24 made him the highest-paid TV star in the world. He was engaged to Julia Roberts, but the 1991 wedding was called off at the last minute when she ran off with his friend, actor Jason Patric.

GLORIA DE PIERO, 44. The Labour MP for Ashfield was a political reporter at GMTV before entering Parliament at 37. …

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