On this day: October 12


Former Mastermind host Magnus Magnusson was born on this day, 8-years-ago. Picture: Stephen Mansfield

Writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson was born 86-years-ago. While he was born in Iceland, he relocated with his family to Scotland when he was just a baby.

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Best known for his long run as question-master on BBCs Mastermind, he was also a well known journalist - even working as the assistant editor of The Scotsman.

Publisher of over 30 books, he also was well known as for presenting a number of notable TV programs, such as Chronicle - a monthly series on world history and archaology - and a 12-part series called Vikings! in 1980.

He passed away in January 2007.