Week in week out
Friday 14 June 1996
Saturday Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian who said his stories were better when translated into English than in the original, died 10 years ago. In 1993 a 24-year-old, raven-haired lifeguard became the first male winner against female opposition in a beauty contest; Miss Wintersun Queen, the Australian competition, was hurriedly renamed Wintersun Quest.
Sunday This is Bloomsday in Dublin, when Leopold Bloom wandered round the city; James Joyce set Ulysses on this date in 1904 because it was when he had met his future partner Nora Barnacle.
Monday The best TV cop show in 1994 was the live coverage of OJ Simpson driving over 60 miles of Californian freeway after not having murdered his wife. A 15-minute dialogue sequence made RCA's movie The Perfect Crime, released in 1928, the first with sound-on-film; previous talkies used (fairly) synchronised discs. Tuesday A 1928 closed-circuit shot of Jack Buchanan, in white flannels on the roof of the studio in Covent Garden, was the first exterior TV picture. England captain Douglas Jardine died in 1958; his Bodyline bowling tour of Australia was simply not cricket, more GBH.
Wednesday Baseball has scored a century and a half: Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey saw the first official match in 1846. Believing in fairies worked for Tinkerbell but not, alas, for the author of Peter Pan: RIP JM Barrie, 1937.
Thursday In 1887, Queen Victoria was much amused when, at the Royal Command performance to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, four kings of Europe climbed aboard the Deadwood stagecoach driven by "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Where to, Sire?). In 1970 David Kunst strode off from Wanseca, Minnesota; although he was back in the suspiciously short time of three months and two weeks, he had pulled off the first verified round-the-world walk.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45
'Phallic symbols' found hidden in famous Pre-Raphaelite painting 'Isabella' by John Everett Millais
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Top Gear Burma episode breached Ofcom rules over Jeremy Clarkson's racial slur
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Coolio has sold his soul to Pornhub
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air