This was the week that was
Monday 29 March 1999
Tomorrow Oh what a wonderful evening on Broadway, when Oklahoma! opened in 1943, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Its agreeable corn carries on being as high as an elephant's eye, not least in London's West End today.
Wednesday In 1967 Jimi Hendrix pushed back the boundaries of both music and firefighting techniques: he burnt his guitar for the first time on stage. By June he had bought another instrument, and extra lighter fuel, for an even more pyrotechnic display at the Monterey Festival.
Thursday Born in 1873, Sergei Rachmaninov composed piano music which, as seen in the film Shine, led to poor David Helfgott becoming a few notes short of the full keyboard.
Friday The painter and sculptor Max Ernst was born in 1891. Part of the importance of being Ernst was that he founded the Cologne branch of the Dada movement.
Saturday Outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back by his own gang member in 1882, but lived on in celluloid Heaven: Jesse James, The Return of Frank James, The True Story of Jesse James, The Long Riders
Impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte died in 1901, but his achievement echoed for decades afterwards in the Gilbert and Sullivan productions which his company copyrighted. He ploughed the operatic profits into London's Savoy Theatre in the Strand, the first public building ever to be lit by electricity.
Sunday A great day for British television; after 24 years Crossroads, the Midlands motel soap which had been reduced from showing five nights a week to four and then to three, finally came to a dead end in 1988.
TVBBC hopes latest Danish import will spell success
tvU2’s latest record has been accused of promoting sex between men
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
- 4 Floyd Mayweather's mouthguard costs $25,000 - enough to fly to Las Vegas and back 18 times
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Daredevil, Netflix, TV review: Marvel wins first fight in bid for television domination with Charlie Cox's superhero vigilante
Grace Dent on TV: Peter Kay's Car Share made me genuinely LOL
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
The highly NSFW poster for Gaspar Noé's Love makes Nymphomaniac look like 50 Shades
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns