Friday 28 May 1999
Births: Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, physician and politician, 1738; William Pitt the Younger, statesman, 1759; Ian Lancaster Fleming, writer and creator of "James Bond", 1908; the Dionne Quintuplets, Cecilie, Yvonne, Annette, Emilie and Marie, 1934. Deaths: Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089; Jan van der Meer (Jan Vermeer van Haarlem the Younger), painter, buried 1705; Anne Bronte, novelist, 1849; John Russell, first Earl Russell, statesman, 1878; Sir John Lubbock, first Baron Avebury, banker and writer, 1913; Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1972; Eric Morecambe (Eric Bartholomew), comedian, 1984. On this day: the English defeated the Dutch at the Battle of Southwold Bay, 1672; Neville Chamberlain became Prime Minister, 1937; the Orient Express train, Paris-Bucharest, ceased running after 78 years, 1961; Francis Chichester arrived home at Plymouth after his round-the-world voyage, 1967. Today is the Feast Day of St Germanus of Paris, St Ignatius of Rostov, St Justus of Urgel, St Senator of Milan and St William of Gellone.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
Best underrated Christmas movies from Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga