January 1, 2018 ON THIS DAY

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January 1, 2018 ON THIS DAY


Byline: Compiled by ETAN SMALLMAN and ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD

FROM THE DAILY MAIL ARCHIVE JANUARY 1, 1946 THE greatest crowds for six years gathered in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and at St Paul's, London, an hour before midnight as the worst fog for 20 years lifted in time for their revels. Barrel organs played It's A Long Way To Tipperary and John Brown's Body, sung to the words 'Old man Hitler lies a-mouldering in his grave'.

JANUARY 1, 1965 ARISE Sir Stanley Matthews! The 50-year-old soccer star was knighted in the New Year's Honours List. On the point of retiring, Matthews is the first soccer star honoured while still playing. He was capped 54 times for England.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINE LAGARDE, 62. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, its first female head, was the first woman finance minister of any of the G8 major industrial countries. As a teenager, she was a champion synchronised swimmer and in 2009 came second in a poll of France's favourite personalities, behind the late singer and actor Johnny Hallyday.

MARY BEARD, 63. The professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and presenter of television history programmes has been hailed as 'the most subversive and impish of dons'. Her blog, A Don's Life, is said to attract 40,000 hits a day.

BORN ON THIS DAY J. EDGAR HOOVER (1895-1972). The first director of the FBI, who held the post for 48 years, was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2011 Clint Eastwood film J. Edgar. Although Hoover made sure his powerful organisation pursued gay rights groups, some historians think he was in a long-term same-sex relationship himself. …

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