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.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food