Pinochet loses again The law lords ruled that General Augusto Pinochet, former president of Chile, can be extradited to Spain where he will face trial for human rights crimes, but only those committed after 1988. Final approval lies with Jack Straw.
Early to bed, early to rise. . . makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Missing out on sleep can make you retarded, according to a group of Canadian scientists. With only six hours sleep a night for five nights the average person's IQ could fall from 100 to 85, which would make them "borderline retarded". As one scientist put it: "Britain needs to wake up to its sleep problem." See Suzanne Moore, page 17.
Around the world in 21 days Balloonists Brian Jones of the UK and Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland succeeded in circumnavigating the world after at least 11 other attempts failed. After covering 29,000 miles the record-breakers landed safely in the Egyptian desert. A deflated Richard Branson, who has made three unsuccessful attempts to circle the globe, travelled to Geneva to congratulate the men.
The comeback kid Luxembourg's conservative Christian Social Party put Jacques Santer at the top of its list for the European elections. The prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Santer had been chosen for his "experience and deep knowledge of Europe".
Misrepresentation of the people Fiona Jones became the first MP for 140 years to be convicted of electoral fraud. Jones (Labour) automatically lost her seat in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and was sentenced to 100 hours community service.
He brought us sunshine The man with the short, fat, hairy legs, the comedian Ernie Wise, died at the age of 73. The shorter half of the Morecambe and Wise comedy duo, Wise was said to have been singing the show's theme tune, "Bring Me Sunshine", with friends and family until the end.
Oscars in love with Will Shakespeare in Love, the British-directed, US-financed film, scooped seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, at the ceremony in Hollywood.