Independent Plus Hair today: David Cameron with a bouffant style (left) and his current cut

Few get closer to the Prime Minister than his barber, so no wonder Cameron's has been awarded with an MBE. And hair has always been big in politics, explains Andy McSmith

Kennedy family loses fight to stop 'warts and all' biopic being seen

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The coffin in which they buried Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of shooting President John F Kennedy, is to be sold at auction in Los Angeles, almost 50 years after the events that led to his untimely death.

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We take refuge in conspiracy theories, like the 'murder' of Dr David Kelly, for the most understandable of reasons

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JFK assassin's cab sold at auction

The cab Lee Harvey Oswald took after President John F Kennedy's assassination has been sold at auction to an Illinois museum for $35,750 (£25,000).

Five interesting things that happened on today’s date

There are some dates in history that are repeated time and again, producing an odd synergy. For example, the 23rd November is the date on which John F. Kennedy was assasinated in 1963; it was the date British prime minister Margaret Thatcher ended her premiership in 1990; and it was the date on which Angela Merkel became the first ever female Chancellor of Germany in 2005.

Secret Jackie Kennedy interviews revealed

Publisher to release six hours of recordings with JFK's widow from 1964

Dear Jackie... how America mourned JFK

They arrived from every corner of the country. They were from men women and children, of every race, age, class and calling. Half a century on, they have come to life again, expressing Americans' grief, shock and collective sense of bereavement at the news of John F Kennedy's assassination.

Brian Viner: 'Slight mistranslations can cause big problems on foreign exchanges'

Our friends Jane and James have just waved off their 13-year-old son Jack on the school French exchange trip. Jack is spending a week with a family near Grenoble, and later in the year the French child will come to Herefordshire. After a couple of days, Jane and James still hadn't heard from Jack, which they took to be a sign that everything was fine. After all, Jane knows that the French mum is a nurturing type because before Jack left she received an e-mail asking "what does it eat for its breakfast?" Wisely, Jane ascribed this to Madame's slightly shaky English, rather than any inclination to regard the teenage Anglais as inanimate or inhuman.

Quick as a flash, Lightning is now a phenomenon

Four months down the line, in the chill of a bleak British midwinter, the memory remains warmingly vivid. It is the Olympastadion in Berlin on the evening of Thursday 20 August 2009 and the World Championship men's 200m final is fast approaching. Usain Bolt enters the arena. The crowd roars with laughter at his every clowning move, relayed by the trackside cameras on to the giant screens at either end of the stadium.

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