Aug 23, 2016

August 23 Dateline


Famous Birthdays

1754 - King Louis XVI of France
1884 - Will Cuppy, American Humourist, author of The Decline and Fall of Practically Everything and How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes
1904 - William Primrose, Scottish Violist and Teacher, formed Primrose Quartet.
1912 - Gene Kelly, Actor
1934 - Barbara Eden, Actress
1949 - Rick Springfield, Singer
1970 - River Phoenix, Actor

Leftie:

King Louis XVI of France


Historical Events


1939 - The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, also known as the Hitler-Stalin Pact, is signed.        

1942 - The Battle of Stalingrad begins during World War II.

Aug 22, 2016

August 22 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1771 - Henry Maudslay, British inventor of the first bench micrometer for industrial machinery.
1827 - Josef Strauss, Austrian Waltz composer and brother of Johann Strauss, Jr.
1862 - Claude Debussy, Composer
1904 - Deng Xiaoping, Chinese leader
1934 - Norman Schwarzkopt, U.S. General
1963 - Tori Amos, Musician
1964 - Mats Wilander, Tennis Player

Leftie:

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf



Historical Events


1770 - Captain James Cook lands in Botany Bay, Australia.

1864 - Twelve nations sign the first Geneva Convention protecting vulnerable people in times of conflict.

1931 - Katherine Anne Porter, American writer and journalist embarks on a voyage from Vera Cruz, Mexico, to Bremerhaven, Germany - the same journey that will be undertaken by the characters in her famous novel Ship of Fools (1962).  

Aug 21, 2016

August 21 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1893 - Lili Boulanger, Composer
1896 - Roark (Whitney Wickliffe) Bradford, Short-story Writer and Novelist
1930 - Princess Margaret, English Royal, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II
1933 - Dame Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano
1936 - Wilt chamberlain, Basketball Player
1938 - Kenny Rogers, Singer
1944 - Peter Weir, film Director
1956 - Kim Cattrall, Actress
1967 - Carrie-Anne Moss, Actress


Leftie:

None known


Historical Events


1808 - British Commander Wellington, with and Anglo-Portuguese force, defeats the French under General Jean Junot, in the Battle of Vimeiro in Portugal, part of the Peninsular War. Two thousand French soldiers are killed during the short battle. Accepting Junot's surrender, he uses the Royal Navy to transport the French survivors home, even allowing them to keep looted valuables. Wellington's unusual generosity makes him subject of an inquiry into his conduct. He is exonerated but in his absence, command is passed on to Sir John Moore, who is killed at Carunna in 1809.  

1841 - John Hampson of New Orleans patents the Venetian blind.

Aug 20, 2016

August 20 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1561 - Jacopo Peri, Italian Composer
1888 - Eric Blom, Music Scholar and Editor
1901 - Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian Novelist and Poet
1942 - Isaac Hayes, Actor
1948 - Robert Plant, Singer (Led Zeppelin)
1961 - Greg Egan, Author


Leftie:

Songwriter Isaac Hayes



Historical Events


1882 - P. Tchaikovsky's  1812 Overture premieres on an all-Tchaikovsky program at the Art and Industrial Exhibition, in Moscow.

1913 - Harry Brearley casts the first stainless steel, an alloy of iron and 12 per cent chromium that resists corrosion.

Aug 19, 2016

August 19 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1871 - Orville Wright, Aviation Pioneer
1883 - Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer
1919 - Malcolm Forbes, Publisher
1921 - Gene Roddenberry, TV Producer
1946 - Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President
1969 - Matthew Perry, Actor

Historical Events


1561 - Queen Mary Stuart arrives back in Scotland after spending the previous 13 years in France.

1692 - Five people are hanged as witches in Salem, Massachusetts. The witch hunts was the basis of a 1952 play by Arthur Miller "The Crucible" drawing parallels to the McCarthyist hysteria of his time.