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.
The Independent's live blog of today's Premier League action
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 3 Scottish referendum 'English question': Tory MPs call on David Cameron to create an English first minister in wake of No vote
- 4 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster