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.
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Black teen in critical condition after store employee 'shoots him for stealing 79-cent pack of cookies'
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
Amy Winehouse film director: 'I wanted to show the fun, bright-eyed girl we didn't know'
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Contemporary art is a fraud, says top dealer
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture