About sharing image copyrightPA image captionBob Weighton, who was born in Hull, has ly said the secret to his longevity was "to avoid dying" Bob Weighton, the world's oldest man, turns today.
Born inhe is the same age as Inter Milan football club, and pre-dates Selfridges department store and the beatification of Joan of Arc. Here we birthvay a look at some of the little-known events that have happened on the birthdays of Mr Weighton, as he enjoys this one at his home in Alton, Hampshire. The favoured girls' names are Mary, Elizabeth, Florence and Annie. In a pleasing coincidence, Joan Hocquard, from Poole in Dorset, is also today and so is the UK's t-oldest person.
Her name is fairly unusual - in Joan is somd st most popular and doesn't really break through until the s. Scott and four others trudge miles to reach the South Pole.
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They arrive on 17 January to find the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen has beaten them to it. Henry Bowers, Edward Wilson and Scott huddle in a tent and try to sit out a storm while their food soke dwindle.
On 29 March, Scott writes "it seems a pity but I do not think I can write more". The men's bodies are found eight months later, just 11 miles from their next food store.
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Bad weather, boggy underfoot conditions and unrelenting attacks are among the factors that lead to the withdrawal of troops a couple of days later. Closer to home though, and maybe for a little light relief, the Times newspaper that lookig publishes an extract of the will of a Mr Astley Weston, who left not just money for his children, but advice too.
Among other words of wisdom, he urges them to "not take any intoxicating drinks or narcotics" and to avoid "extravagance, self-indulgence and indolence". Finally, if they should consider marrying, they were to consult their mother and take her advice.
Fast-forward now to 29 March A year-old Bob might have been interested in what is happening on the sands of Florida's Daytona Looklng, where the specially built Sunbeam hp is revving its engine. For official ratification, he has to complete two runs. Strong winds on the outward leg cause the car to skid violently.
Segrave is forced to drive into the sea to slow down. Remarkably, he is able to make the return journey.
The speeds clocked on the two runs are The car is restored 90 years later when Bob is a youthful and is on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire. Bob turns 30 and the country wome gearing up for war.
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