Tomorrow In 1907 there was an absolute riot at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, not on stage, but in an audience furious at the "foul language" of J M Synge's Playboy of the Western World. The riots continued in the theatre - but so did the show, thanks to a strong police presence. (Darling, your Garda are wonderful!)
Wednesday Verdi died in 1901 at a ripe old 87. As well as composing, he for a time had a day job as a member of the first Italian Parliament, although he never set his experiences to music (Il Pointo del Ordore?).
Thursday The late, and much lamented Ronnie Scott was born in 1927; he was much applauded for his saxophone, his club and his gloomy request to an unresponsive audience: "Let's all hold hands and try to contact the living!"
Friday At the first children's art competition in 1755, Dick Cosway won the under-14 prize, the then enormous sum of pounds 15. He later became a member of the Royal Academy.
Saturday Stanley Holloway died in 1982. Although his comic monologues were delivered in a Lancashire accent, he was in fact a Londoner and is famed for playing the Cockney bin-emptier in My Fair Lady.
Sunday In 1899 Egyptian archaeologists unearthed five life-sized Pharaonic statues at the Temple of Luxor. These dated back to 1470BC, which meant a waste of the last three-and-a-half millennia when they could have been bringing in easy money to visitors at nine quid a throw.Reuse content