Category Archives: Happened this day

Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

The centenary of a Parisian instution and its most famous performance…

Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

The centenary of a Parisian instution and its most famous performance…

The Fall of the House of Witte

Otto recorded his account as memoir; it fell to others to gently shepherd his kingship back to fiction where it belonged.

The Fall of the House of Witte

Otto recorded his account as memoir; it fell to others to gently shepherd his kingship back to fiction where it belonged.

Diversity Destroyed

Berlin’s “Diversity Destroyed” programme acknowledges, along with the incalculable human suffering caused by the Nazis, the immense loss to the city’s culture.

Diversity Destroyed

Berlin’s “Diversity Destroyed” programme acknowledges, along with the incalculable human suffering caused by the Nazis, the immense loss to the city’s culture.

Obsèques de M. Pierre Loti

By the time deeply eccentric French writer and adventurer Pierre Loti died in 1923, he had achieved the unlikely feat of planting his standard in the bulwark of the French literary establishment.

Obsèques de M. Pierre Loti

By the time deeply eccentric French writer and adventurer Pierre Loti died in 1923, he had achieved the unlikely feat of planting his standard in the bulwark of the French literary establishment.

Homecoming

Two-time Oscar winning German actress, 101-year-old Luise Rainer, was honoured in Berlin today on the Boulevard der Stars. It was the first time she had returned to Germany since 1934.

Homecoming

Two-time Oscar winning German actress, 101-year-old Luise Rainer, was honoured in Berlin today on the Boulevard der Stars. It was the first time she had returned to Germany since 1934.

Sashay shantay épée

The point of honour which prompted the duel was a dispute over Cuevas’s staging of one of Lifar’s ballets. Why a piece of overblown shop-talk should demand satisfaction is unclear, but there was a theatrical element to the entire episode.

Sashay shantay épée

The point of honour which prompted the duel was a dispute over Cuevas’s staging of one of Lifar’s ballets. Why a piece of overblown shop-talk should demand satisfaction is unclear, but there was a theatrical element to the entire episode.

Verlaine’s funeral

The public funeral drew around 5000 mourners on a cold, bright day and marked the exact point at which the hitherto disreputable Paul Verlaine was rehabilitated by the bourgeoisie.

Verlaine’s funeral

The public funeral drew around 5000 mourners on a cold, bright day and marked the exact point at which the hitherto disreputable Paul Verlaine was rehabilitated by the bourgeoisie.

Ubu unleashed

The violent cultural disruptions dotted like bonfires across the landscape of the 20th century — Dadaism, Surrealism, Theatre of Cruelty, Absurdism and Situationism — were lit at the moment when Firmin Gémier uttered the first word of the play: merdre.

Ubu unleashed

The violent cultural disruptions dotted like bonfires across the landscape of the 20th century — Dadaism, Surrealism, Theatre of Cruelty, Absurdism and Situationism — were lit at the moment when Firmin Gémier uttered the first word of the play: merdre.

“To know her was to loathe her”

Art historian John Richardson called Gala Dalí “one of the nastiest wives a major modern artist ever saddled himself with”. Others were less kind.

“To know her was to loathe her”

Art historian John Richardson called Gala Dalí “one of the nastiest wives a major modern artist ever saddled himself with”. Others were less kind.

Lapses into piety

Harry Crosby always felt he was living on borrowed time. He was obsessed with the idea of determining the end from which he had already once — against all odds — been spared.

Lapses into piety

Harry Crosby always felt he was living on borrowed time. He was obsessed with the idea of determining the end from which he had already once — against all odds — been spared.