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 More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This is what the one in ten British men who pay for sex need to know
- 2 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Angelina Jolie confuses everyone with 'ay up me duck' East Midland's greeting to Derby actor Jack O'Connell at awards show
Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Willow and Jaden Smith talk duality of apples, holographic realities and the melancholia of the ocean in incredible New York Times interview
Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground for being an 'inappropriate hermaphrodite'
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie confirmed to enter jungle
Drawn Blank: Bob Dylan exhibition showcases the musician's bold and vibrant paintings
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Coalition government has 'shifted money from poorest to better-off' through welfare cuts and tax reductions, study claims