Arts: This was the week that was
Monday 10 May 1999
Tomorrow Dame Nellie Melba, famed for singing Donizetti's Lucia and for having an ice-cream named after her, signed up with the Gramophone Company in 1904. Her records sold out in days and she was on a healthy 25 per cent of the one guinea (pounds 1.05) retail price.
Wednesday Sir Charles Barry, architect of the rebuilt Houses of Parliament, went to the Great Speaker in the Sky in 1860, leaving his son Edward to finish the job. "John Brown's Body lies a-mouldering in his grave" was first played in 1961 at Fort Warren, near Boston, inspired by a sergeant of that name, though later taken up as an anti-slavery anthem.
Thursday Georges Braque, one of Cubism's square roots, was born in 1882. John Nash died in 1835: his designs included the terraces of Regent's Park, Trafalgar Square and Brighton Pavilion.
Friday In 1948 Ahmet Ertegun founded Atlantic Records, that made waves with Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin.
Saturday Actress, dancer, pin-up and (five times) wife, Rita Hayworth died in 1987. Sony demonstrated the Mini - 2.5in - Disc in 1991.
Sunday Charles Dibdin revolutionised the music business at the Covent Garden Theatre with the first public performance of the piano in 1767 when he accompanied a Miss Bickler in a song from Arne's oratorio, Judith .
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
The Jump 2015 line-up: Joey Essex, Phil Tufnell, Heather Mills and co take to the slopes
Game of Thrones: Grey Worm actor Jacob Anderson is all for more male nudity – as long as he can keep his clothes on
Roald Dahl letter warning student to 'eschew beastly adjectives' goes viral 35 years later
Our fascination with the Arctic from Greek myths to Sky Atlantic's new drama Fortitude
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures