28 June 2016

June 28 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1491 - Henry VIII, King of England. He is famous for his six wives, with their fates remembered in divorces, beheading, and survival. 
1577 - Peter Paul Rubens, Painter
1703 - John Wesley, founder of Methodism
1712 - Jean Jacques Rousseau, Social Philosopher
1902 - Richard Rodgers, Composer  (The Rodgers-Hammerstein is considered the greatest musical partnership including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, and more hits.)
1926 - Mel Brooks, Comedian, Actor, and Director
1948 - Kathy Bates, Actress
1966 - John Cusack, Actor
1966 - Mary Stuart Masterson, Actress

Historical Events

1914 - The Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophia, are killed in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. The beginning of WWI in Sarajevo. The archduke was relatively unpopular in Bosnia, Herzegovina, which had been annexed by Austria-hungary in 1908. This displeased the large Serbian community who wantaed to be unified with Serbia. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand visited this day in 1914, a plan was hatched to assassinate him. 

27 June 2016

June 27 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1880 - Helen Keller, Educator and Activist   
1930 - Ross Perot, Businessman and former US Presidential Candidate
1955 - Isabelle Adjani, Actress

Historical Events

1746 - Bonnie Prince Charlie escapes to the Isle of Skye dressed as a maid, after the failed second Jacobite Rebellion in 1745 and the disastrous Battle of Culloden.

1884 - French composer Claude Debussy's cantata L'Enfant prodige is first performed in Paris, and also wins him the prestigious Prix de Rome.  

1829 - English scientist James Smithson dies, leaving behind the bequest founding the Smithsonian Museum, the foremost science and technology museum in the U.S. - interestingly, a country with which Smithson has no ties.

26 June 2016

June 26 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1898 - Willy Messerschmitt, Aircraft designer.
1902 - William P. Lear, Engineer and Industrialist.   
1904 - Peter Lorre, Actor. 
1933 - Claudio Abbado, Conductor

Lefties:  None known.  

Historical Events

1857 - Queen Victoria invests the first 62 recipients of the Victoria Cross in hyde Park, London. They are all Crimean War veterans. 

1917 - King George V changes his surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, after the castle.

1934 - The Focke-Wulf Fw 61 flies for the first time. It's the first helicopter to sustain flight, with twin rotors controlled from a single engine.

25 June 2016

June 25 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1900 - Louis Mountbatten, Viceroy of India   
1903 - George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair), Writer
1945 - Carly Simon, singer 
1963 - George Michael, singer
1963 -
Yann Martel, author

Historical Events

1857 -  Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality. His tragic novel, Madame Bovary, is described as obscene at the time, depicting a woman who embarks on a series of affairs in a search for meaning.

1876 - American General George Custer and over 260 men of the 7th Cavalry and their Nativ eAmerican interpreters are killed by a force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indian at Little Big Horn in Montana, U.S.

24 June 2016

June 24 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1842 - Ambrose Bierce, Writer and Satirist
1915 - Fred Hoyle, Mathematician and Astronomer
1930 - Claude Chabrol, Film Director

Historical Events

1314 - The Bannockburn Day, where the battle in 1314 ends. Robert I of Scotland known as Robert the Bruce, defeats the English forces under Edward II.    

1340 - The Battle of Sluys, with thee fleet personally led by Edward III, takes place at sea, the first battle of the Hundred Years' War against the French. He also goes on to win the Battle of Crecy six years later, supporting his claim to France and establishing sovereignty over the English channel.

23 June 2016

June 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1763 - Empress Jos├ęphine de Beauharnais
1889 - Anna Andreevna Akhmatova, Leading Russian Poet of 20th Century
1894 - Edward VIII of UK
1894 - Alfred Kinsey, Entomologist and Sexologist
1910 - Jean Anouilh, Dramatist   
1912 - Alan Turing, Mathematician, Scientist

Historical Events

1757 -  The Battle of Plassey takes place, part of the Seven Years' War. Robert Clive (known as "Clive of India") and his force is many times outnumbered, fighting the Nawab of Bengal and French artillerymen. Despite odds, Clive pulls off an amazing victory that helps to secure the British in India denying the French their claim.