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Thanks to Glenda Cooper for this one. She spotted no 8 in a profile of Elton John, who said his diary for the period was “inadvertently hilarious” because he just “wrote everything down in this matter-of-fact way”.

1. “To Westminster Abbey, and there did see all the tombs very finely...and here we did see...the body of Queen Katherine of Valois; and I had the upper part of her body in my hands, and did kiss her mouth, reflecting upon it that I did kiss a queene, and that this was my birthday, 36 years old, that I did kiss a queene.” Samuel Pepys, 23 Feb 1669. Katherine of Valois had been dead for 232 years, said Martin Oldham.

2. “Rien.” King Louis XVI, 14 July 1789 (the day the Bastille fell in........

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