The Australian cricketer Keith Miller toured England in 1948 as a member
of The Invincibles, a team that went undefeated in their 34 tour
matches. Miller (28 November 1919 – 11 October 2004) was an all-
rounder: a fast bowler and a right-handed middle-order batsman. Don
Bradman, the team captain, typically used him and Ray Lindwall in short
bursts with the new ball. Miller took 13 wickets at an average of 26.28,
playing a key role in subduing England’s leading batsmen, Len Hutton and
Denis Compton, with a barrage of short-pitched bowling. In the First
Test, Miller took seven wickets, including Hutton and Compton twice,
bearing a large part of the bowling workload. With the bat, he scored
184 runs in the Tests at an average of 23.15, including 74 in the second
innings of the Second Test at Lord’s, and a rapid 58 in the Fourth Test
that helped Australia regain the momentum in the match. In all first-
class matches on the tour, he took 56 wickets at 17.58 and scored 1,088
runs at 47.30. A carefree cricketer, Miller was seen as charismatic; his
joie de vivre on the field alienated his captain, and his friendship
with Princess Margaret was particularly scrutinised by the media.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Shi Jingtang was enthroned as the first emperor of the Later Jin
by Emperor Taizong of Liao, following a revolt against Emperor Fei of
Having deserted the army of the Ottoman Empire, Skanderbeg went
to Krujë in Middle Albania and using a forged letter from Sultan Murad
II to the Governor of Krujë, became lord of the city.
Irish nationalist Arthur Griffith first presented his Sinn
Féin policy, declaring that the 1800 Act of Union of Great Britain and
Ireland was illegal.
World War II: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin (all three
pictured) met at the Tehran Conference to discuss war strategy against
the Axis powers.
Prime Minister of Jordan Wasfi al-Tal was assassinated by the
Black September unit of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Cairo.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(agriculture) An implement having a semicircular blade and short handle,
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
He that is down needs fear no fall; He that is low, no pride; He
that is humble, ever shall Have God to be his guide. I am content with
what I have, Little be it or much: And, Lord, contentment still I crave,
Because thou savest such.
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