Arts: This was the week that was
Monday 05 October 1998
On this day in 1949, Helene Hanff wrote from New York to a second-hand bookseller at 84 Charing Cross Road, little knowing its address would become a film title and she would be (embarrassingly) played by Anne Bancroft.
"You ain't heard nothin' yet," promised Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (below). With 354 words of dialogue and a few songs, this 1927 movie is claimed the first "talkie".
In 1922, the Prince of Wales made the first royal broadcast, addressing a Scout rally via the pioneering radio station, 2LO (or Radio Dib Dib Dib).
Mr Mole and His Mates was the title Kenneth Grahame wanted for his book, published in 1908, but Methuen called it The Wind in the Reeds, and finally The Wind in the Willows.
Camille Saint-Saens, composer of Carnival of the Animals, was born in 1835. He began to compose at five but turned out to be a late developer, not writing his first symphony until he was 17.
In Hackney (pause), in 1910 (another pause), Mrs Pinter gave birth to a son (very long pause), Harold. Ralph Richardson, a Pinterian actor, died in 1983; he persuaded the National Theatre to fire rockets on first nights.
In 1919, pianist Billy Jones became Britain's first jazz musician when he played with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which later returned to the USA, pursued by a Lord with a shotgun and a grudge about his daughter.
The best TV shows and films coming to the servicetv
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 3 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut