June 25 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1860 - Gustave Charpentier, French Opera Composer
1900 - Louis Mountbatten, Viceroy of India
1903 - George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair), Author, English creator of 1984 and Animal Farm.
1945 - Carly Simon, Singer 
1963 - George Michael, Singer
1963 -
Yann Martel, Author

Lefties:
George Michael, Singer
Carly Simon, Singer


Historical Events


1840 - Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang" (or Hymn of Praise), a symphony-cantata, is first performed, in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. (Listen to a performance of Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" conducted by Sir Mark Elder, with Halle Orchestra.  Uploaded by Duncan Wilson, from 2009 BBC Proms. (Note: "Lobgesang" or "Hymn of Praise" was  composed by Felix Mendelssohn, written in 1840 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing, along with the less-known Festgesang "Gutenberg Cantata". The composer's description of the work was 'A Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra'. Structurally, it consists of three purely orchestral movements followed by 11 movements for chorus and/or soloists and orchestra, and lasts approximately 65--70 minutes. Resource: Wikipedia.org.)  

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.

June 24 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1842 - Ambrose Bierce, Writer and Satirist
1901 - Harry Partch, American Composer
1915 - Fred Hoyle, Mathematician and Astronomer
1930 - Claude Chabrol, Film Director

Lefties:
None known

Below is a video of Arthur Bliss's Cello Concerto, op.120 (1970).  In three movements:  I. Allegro deciso, II. Larghetto, and III. Allegro. Tim Hugh, violoncello, with English Northern Philharmonia, conducted by David Lloyd Jones. (Cover image: painting by Herbert James Draper.)  Thanks to YouTube and uploader Wellesz Modern. 



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.

June 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1763 - Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais
1889 - Anna Andreyevna 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
1929 - Henri Pousseur, Belgian Composer
1943 - James Levine, American Pianist and Conductor

Lefties:
None known

Enjoy Maestro James Levine conduct Puccini's Manon Lescaut Intermezzo. Live at the Metropolitan Opera House, 2008.



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.

1934 - Modern forensics is born. William Bayly is convicted of murder in New Zealand, based on traces of bone and ash. It is the first murder to be proved by modern forensics.

June 22 Dateline

Famous Birthdays


1906 - Billy Wilder, Film Director
1910 - Sir Peter Pears, English Tenor and co-Founder with Benjamin Britten of the Aldeburgh Festival. Listen to Peter Pears & Benjamin Britten discuss Schubert's great cycle "Die Winterreise," D.911 (1968), including "Frühlingstraum", "Im Dorfe", and "Der Leiermann".  Indeed, this admirable brilliant couple brought much understanding to everything they approached. 
1949 - Meryl Streep, Actress
1953 - Cyndi Lauper, Singer
1964 - Dan Brown, Author
1973 - Carson Daly, Television Personality

Historical Events


1377 - Richard II becomes King of England on the death of Edward III. He is ten years old. He is formally crowned in Westminster Abbey on July 16, 1377.

1633 - Rome's Vatican Holy Office forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that athe Earth rotates around the sun, on pain of torture.

June 21 Dateline


***Midsummer's Day***

The longest day of the year in Britain. In Australia, this is the shortest day of the year.  The solstice falls within one day either side of June 21,  therefore marking the longest or shortest day of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this makes it the summer solstice, and in the Southern Hemisphere it is the winter solstice. 

Famous Birthdays


1732 - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German Composer, 9th son of J.S. Bach (He should not be confused with other similarly named members of the Bach family. Listen to his Sonata in D major for piano & violoncello.)
1905 - Jean-Paul Sartre, Philosopher and Writer
1921 - Jane Russell, Actress
1932 - Lalo Schifrin, Argentine-American Composer, Arranger and Jazz-band Leader
1948 - Ian McEwan, Writer
1953 - Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
1973 - Juliette Lewis, Actress
1982 - Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Leftie:
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Historical Events


1675 - Christopher Wren begins work on rebuilding London's St. Paul's Cathedral after it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.

1813 - The Battle of Vitoria is fought in Spain between Wellington's forces and those of Marshal Jourdan and Napoleon's brother Joseph. It is a resounding victory for Wellington and effectively ends Napooleon Bonaparte's power in Spain.