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 .
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
MOBO Awards 2014: Jess Glynne hits back at 'ridiculous' criticism of nominated white artists
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational and sensitive
The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth fired in double elimination
MOBO Awards 2014: Sam Smith sweeps the board with four gongs
The Apprentice, episode 3 - review: Lord Sugar hacks away at the deadwood with double elimination
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters