April 19 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1452 - King Ferdinand II of Aragon
1832 - Jose Echegaray y Eizaguirre, Writer and Nobel laureate
1892 - Germaine Tailleferre, Composer, the only woman in the French group of composers known as "Les Six"
1903 - Eliot Ness, Law enforcer
1933 - Jayne Mansfield, Actress
1935 - Dudley Moore, Actor
1947 - Murray Perahia, American Pianist
1979 - Kate Hudson, Actress
1987 - Maria Sharapova, Tennis player

Leftie:
Actress Kate Hudson

Enjoy Germaine Tailleferre's "Romance."



Historical Events


1774 - Christoph W. Gluck's opera Iphigenie en Aulide, adapted from Racine, is first staged at the Paris Opera, with the Dauphiane Marie Antoinette attending. (Here's Overture of this opera with Maestro Riccardo Muti conducting Philadelphia Orchestra, uploaded by mvvm18. Accessed April 19, 2018.)

1775 - The American War of Independence begins. When British soldiers try to confiscate colonists' firearms, a gun battle breaks out and the locals force the English out of town.

April 18 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1580 - Thomas Middleton, Dramatist
1590 - Ahmed I, Emperor of the Ottoman Empire
1882 - Leopold Stokowski, Conductor
1907 - Miklos Rozsa, Composer best known for film scores, including Ben-Hur, Spellbound, Quo Vadis, and The Thief of Baghdad (Rozsa Documentary)
1950 - Grigory Sokolov, Russian Concert Pianist (Grigory Sokolov, A Conversation That Never Was A documentary by Nadezhda Zhdanova)
1969 - Princess Sayako (Sayako Kuroda), Japan

Lefties:
None known

One of Miklos Rozsa's famous compositions based on the music he wrote for Hitchcock's psychological thriller 1945 American film Spellbound. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. The film stars  Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Micahel Chekhov and Leo G. Carroll. It is an adaptation of the novel The House of Dr. Edwardes (!927). Performance: Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer Rozsa himself with Leonard Pennario, pianist, in 1960. (Resource: en.wikipedia.org) 



Historical Events


1906 - An earthquake hits San Francisco measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. More than 3,000 people die and almost 300,000 are left homeless due to the quake itself and fires that resulted.

1958 - Poet Ezra Pound is released from an insane asylum on orders from the U.S. Federal Court. The American expatriate had been brought back to the U.S. from Italy to face charges of treason, but he was imprisoned on the basis of insanity due to "a gandiosity of beliefs."

April 17 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1870 - Ray Stannard Baker, Writer (Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, and Following the Color Line
1882 - Artur Schnabel, Austrian Classical Pianist (also teacher and composer)
1885 - Karen Blixen (pseudonym, Isak Dinesen), Writer
1894 - Nikita Khrushchev, Leader of the Soviet Union
1903 - Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian-born American Cellist
1929 - James Last, Composer
1957 - Nick Hornby, Writer
1985 - Rooney Mara, Actress

Lefties:
None known

Listen and enjoy pianist Artur Schnabel's beautiful interpretation of Wolfgang A. Mozart's Rondo in A minor, K. 511.



Historical Events


1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells his Canterbury Tales in the court of King Richard II.

1865 - Mary Surratt is arrested for her part in conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. In July, she becomes the first woman executed by the U.S. Government.