week in week out
Friday 28 June 1996
Saturday The first person to grapple with that intractable radio problem, the tennis commentary, was Captain HBT Wakelam, at the 1927 Wimbledon. Forty years ago, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe were married; pretty soon they were asking the dating agency for their money back. As was Prince Charles, who admitted adultery in the 1994 Dimbleby documentary.
Sunday Gone With the Wind was published 60 years ago, a massive seller and Margaret Mitchell's only novel. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho was premiered in 1960 and showers haven't been the same since.
Monday The first daily news-paper came out in Leipzig in 1650. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin, died a century ago; Popeye the Sailor was born in 1929. 1941 saw a day of TV firsts from New York: a sponsored show in colour, featuring Ed Sullivan; regular TV news, consisting largely of bought-in newsreel film; an advertisement, costing $9 for 20 seconds; and a regular panel game.
Tuesday Nostradamus died in 1566; his prophecies are still incomprehensible. In 1661, Charles II became the first British monarch to go to the theatre; Samuel Pepys wrote that the cast was wonderful - apart from the (real) Eunuch, who was hissed off. Forty years ago, Elvis Presley barked out "Hound Dog".
Wednesday Joel Chandler Harris, who long before Watership Down gave us Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit, turned up his paws in 1908. A bad day for pavements: Britain's first cable TV was switched on in Greenwich in 1972.
Thursday In 1862, Lewis Carroll, on a boating trip in Oxford with young friends, began telling a story about a little girl called Alice. In 1985, the previously black-and-white Yankee Doodle Dandy was re-released - the first of the recolourisations.
Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
- 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