Saturday 17 October 1998
TODAY: Births: Nathan Field, actor and playwright, baptised 1587; Baroness Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), writer, 1885; Rita Hayworth (Margarita Carmen Cansino), actress, 1918; Montgomery Clift, actor, 1920. Deaths: Sir Philip Sidney, poet, soldier and courtier, 1586; Frederic-Francois Chopin (Fryderyk Franciszek), composer, 1849. On this day: Charles II escaped from Cromwell's army across the English Channel, 1651; the first nuclear power station in the world was opened at Calder Hall, 1956. Today is the Feast Day of St Anstrudis or Austrude, Saints Ethelbert and Ethelred, St Ignatius of Antioch, St John the Dwarf, St Nothelm, St Rule, St Seraphino and the Ursuline Martyrs of Valenciennes.
TOMORROW: Births: Peter II, Tsar of Russia, 1715; Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, writer and artillery officer, 1741; Melina Mercouri (Amalia-Maria Mercouri), Greek minister of culture and actress, 1917. Deaths: Margaret, Queen of Scotland, 1541; Charles Babbage, mathematician and computer inventor, 1871; Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, 1931. On this day: Alaska was officially transferred to the United States by Russia, 1866; the British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) was formed, 1922. Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Gwen of Cornwall, St Justus of Beauvais and St Luke.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, TV review: The affable Englishman routine is wearing a bit thin
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew