week in week out
Friday 07 June 1996
Saturday German composer Schumann was born in 1810; after injuring his hand in his finger-strengthening contraption, he was forced to give up his day job as a pianist.
Sunday In 1549 The Book of Common Prayer became the authorised version throughout England and a 400-year bestseller. In 1934 Donald Duck was hatched in The Little White Hen, with voice-over by Clarence Nash, who had wanted to be a doctor but instead became the biggest quack in the country. Geoffrey Pattie, (Conservative, Chertsey) was the first MP to be heard in the 1975 radio coverage of Parliament.
Monday Oxford won the first Boat Race, held in 1829 near Henley - although recently they were, according to the Cambridge Vice-Chancellor, lucky to come second. Well, for ***** sake - in 1986 Irish citizen Bob Geldof was made a honorary knight.
Tuesday In 1952 Denis Compton hit his 100th century. Gala Dali, wife of surrealist Salvador, died in 1982; he had always sworn that he would eat her if she went to the Great Studio in the Sky first - but he was on a diet at the time.
Wednesday Happy camper Sir Billy Butlin, who brought the first dodgem cars to his Jungle Amusement Park in Skegness, died in 1980.
Thursday In 1988 Maria Kalinina won the first controversial "Miss Moscow" competition; the prizes included a tele-vision set.
Simon Calder looks at communities fighting back against the poachers
- 1 Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry
- 2 Council bans use of word ‘Commie’ – but ‘fascist’ and ‘Nazi’ are fine
- 3 The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts
- 4 The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
- 5 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis