This was the week that was
Monday 26 April 1999
Tomorrow In 1749 the blue touchpaper was lit for Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks but, in a case of life imitating art strongly, the performance was suspended due to a fire. Walter Lantz, the animator who gave us Woody Woodpecker, was himself hatched in 1900.
Wednesday If it's any consolation to Captain Bligh, booted off the Bounty into a tiny sailing boat in 1789, he was to inspire a couple of films: shame about Marlon Brando's "English" accent, though, as Fletcher Christian in the 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty (above).
Thursday And, if it's also any consolation to Casey Jones, the engineer on the Chicago-New Orleans Cannonball Express killed in a crash with a freight train in 1900, his name lives on in the folk ballad (in the key of C) by T Lawrence Seibert.
Friday AE Housman's death in 1936 takes place in the opening scenes of Tom Stoppard's soporific play The Invention of Love; he was a great deal more interesting in his poetry (A Shropshire Lad) than in his pedantry (Latin textual emendations).
Saturday The earliest violins recorded in Britain date back to 1545, when two violinists were put on the payroll of Henry VIII's court. More musical history was made in 1768, this time in Dublin, when Henry Walsh played the first piano solo in public.
Sunday Witchhunting American senator, Joe McCarthy, died in 1957. The only good thing to be said about him was that he unwittingly inspired a satirical play entitled, The Investigator in which he gets to Heaven (this is fiction) and starts sniffing out celestial Commies.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Eurovision 2015: The best moments from Australia's random entry to Lithuania's gay kiss
Clarkson, Hammond and May Live: Top Gear trio returns with a blend of fireworks, AC/DC and 'automotive pornography'
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland