August 18 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1750 - Antonio Salieri, Italian opera composer, accused of trying to poison his rival, the younger Wolfgang A. Mozart, but likely untrue. Pushkin wrote a drama based on this rumour, which composer Rimsky-Korsakov set to music. (And of course, there's the famous Peter Shaffer's film, Amadeus, winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards.) Listen to Salieri's "Requiem" - Here.
1904 - Max Factor, Jr.,  Cosmetics Entrepreneur
1933 - Roman Polanski, Film Director
1936 - Robert Redford, Actor and Director
1952 - Patrick Swayze, Actor
1969 - Christian Slater, Actor

Lefties:
Actor and director Robert Redford
Christian Slater, actor



Historical Events


1887 - A "manifesto" in which five young novelists fiercely critique Emile Zola's novel La Terre is published in Le Figaro.

1946 - John Henry Antill's suite from the ballet Corroboree is given its premiere by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sir Eugene Goossens conducting.

August 17 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1878 - Oliver St. John Gogarty, Poet, Author and Physician
1882 - Samuel Goldwyn, Film Producer
1893 - Mae West, Actress
1930 - Ted Hughes, Poet
1943 - Robert De Niro, Actor
1958 - Belinda Carlisle, Singer
1960 - Sean Penn, Actor
1970 - Jim Courier, Tennis

Lefties:
None known

Historical Events


1876 - Richard Wagner's opera Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) is first performed as part of the first complete performance of the Ring, at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, in Bayreuth, Germany. Götterdämmerung is the last in Wagner's cycle of four music dramas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung, or The Ring for short).

1896 - Mrs. Bridget Driscoll (44 years old), becomes Britain's first pedestrian to be killed by a car. She froze in shock and suffered a fatal head injury as she fell.

August 16 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1888 - Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence (nicknamed Lawrence of Arabia), archaeologist, diplomat, linguist, writer, soldier, pilot and adviser to young Winston Churchill. At the age of 46, he dies in a motorcycle accident and buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.
1901 - Olav Kielland, Norwegian Conductor and Composer
1923 - Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
1928 - Ann Blyth, Actress and Singer (Some of her famous films include musicals:  Kismet, "Stranger in Paradise" based on music by Alexandr Borodin and Student Prince, "Come Boys, Let's All Be Gay, Boys" music by Sigmund Romberg.)
1929 - Bill Evans, American Jazz Pianist and Composer
1940 - Bruce Beresford, Film Director
1954 - James Cameron, Film Director
1958 - Madonna, Singer
1960 - Timothy Hutton, Actor

Leftie:
Film director James Cameron


Historical Events


1868 - An earthquake of density 8.5 occurs off the coast of Arica, Peru, creating a tsunami that kills up to 70,000 South Americans.

1876 - Richard Wagner's opera Siegfried is first staged  at Bayreuth, Germany. Hans Richter conducting.  

August 15 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1771 - Sir Walter Scott, Scottish Poet and Novelist  (A brief profile, YouTube, uploaded from World Thought Leaders / Top Influencers. Accessed 15 August 2018.) Here is one of Sir Walter Scott's famous works: The Lady of the Lake, YoutTube, uploaded by Eric Masters. Accessed 15 August 2018.)
1772 - Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, German inventor of metronome and other music automatons.
1769 - Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor
1785 - Thomas De Quincey, English essayist, best known for Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. 
1875 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, English Composer
1890 - Jacques Ibert, French Composer and former Director of the Academy of Rome
1925 - Aldo Ciccolini, Italian Pianist
1950 - Princess Anne, English Royal
1972 - Ben Affleck, Actor

Lefties:
None known

Featured Composer:   Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (August 15, 1875 - September 1, 1912), was an English composer and conductor who was mixed-race, with an English mother, and father, a Sierra Leone Creole physician. He achieved such success that he was referred to by white New York musicians as the "African Mahler" the time when he had three tours of the United States in the early 1900s. He was best known for his three cantatas based on the epic poem, "Song of Hiawatha" by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Coleridge-Taylor premiered the first section in 1898, at the age of 22.  He married an Englishwoman, Jessie Walmisley, and both their children had musical careers. Their son Hiawatha adapted his father's music for a variety of performances, and their daughter Avril Coleridge-Taylor also became a composer-conductor. (Further suggested listening: A Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Tribute. A short tribute to the English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) with contributions from his daughter, Avril Coleridge-Taylor (recorded in 1974), and excerpts from Hiawatha's Wedding-Feast, The Death of Minnehaha and the Violin Concerto, Op.80.) 




Historical Events


1843 - Tivoli Gardens opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. It's one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.

1877 - The first sound recording is made when Thomas Edison says, "Mary had a little lamb" into his phonograph.