Arts: This was the week that was
Monday 01 February 1999
Tomorrow And another movie milestone from 1893: the first close-up. [OPTCUT]Shot in the $Black Maria$,[OPTCUTENDS] the film entitled Fred Ott}s Sneeze featured a moving scene in which Fred Ott sneezes. in 1709 Alexander Selkirk was rescued after four years on a desert island, little knowing that he would be reincarnated in Daniel Defoe}s Robinson Crusoe, which in turn led to literally hundreds of sequels in books (such as Dog Crusoe) and films (Robinson Crusoe on Mars).
Wednesday Composed by 16-year-old Euphemia Alten under the masculine pseudonym Arthur de Lull, the finger-exercising $Chopsticks$ was registered in 1877 under the title of $The Celebrated Chop Waltz$. In 1958 the unfortunate Paavo Berglund was conducting a piano concerto by Usko Merilainen when he broke his neck through shaking his head with too much brio.
Thursday In 1928 there were fierce protests by Nazis in Munich against US singer Josephine Baker on the incontrovertible grounds that she was black; a year later she was banned for $indecent behaviour$ (ie, she was still black).
Friday 12-year-old Charles Dickens began his first day job: sticking labels on bottles.
Saturday Christopher Marlowe, who lends a hand to Will in Shakespeare in Love, was born in 1564.
Sunday Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was awarded a swingeing U Certificate in 1938: the witch was judged to be too scary for a U. Adolphe Sax, Belgian inventor who designed both the saxophone and a mortar which could fire a 550-ton shell, died in 1894.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk