Tomorrow 70 years ago Britain's first TV play, Box and Cox, was transmitted to, well, dozens of viewers. The cast of four included a cat, television's first animal performer. The same day in 1928 saw the premiere of The Jazz Stringer, featuring 'Orace the 'Armonious 'Ound and claiming to be "the first lip-synchronised cartoon".
Wednesday Glenn Miller, without whom Glenn Miller tribute bands would be at something of a loss, disappeared in 1944 on a flight from England to France.
Thursday A Christmas Carol was published, in 1843. The world's greatest spooky tale was triggered by a nightmare in which Dickens was visited by his dead sister-in-law - for whom he had harboured more than fraternal feelings.
Friday In 1946 the ashes of Damon Guys and Dolls Runyon were scattered by plane on to his favourite stony ground: Broadway.
Saturday In 1937 JRR Tolkien told his publisher he had finished the first chapter of a new story, but it was to be 15 years more before he wrote the last paragraph of The Lord of the Rings.
Sunday In 1957 Elvis Presley received a fan letter from the US government: his call-up papers. Another bad day for rock was in 1973 when Bobby Darin, whose hits included a razor-sharp version of "Mac the Knife", himself died under the knife, during an open-heart operation.
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