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.
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 1 Are you turning into your dad? The top ten signs you've embraced dad-ism revealed as survey says 38 is age men turn into their father
- 2 Overheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
- 3 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones has jumped the shark