1810 - Frederic Chopin, Polish Composer
1904 - Glenn Miller, American Trombonist and big-band Leader
1917 - Robert Lowell, American Poet
1922 - Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister
1927 - Harry Belafonte, Singer
1954 - Ron Howard, Actor, Director and Producer
Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11.
Martha Argerich, Pianist. Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor. Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.
(1) Allegro Maestoso (2) Romanze – Larghetto (in E major) (3) Rondo – Vivace (in E major). Encores: (1) Chopin: Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No. 2 (2) Schumann: Traumes Wirren from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
1692 - The Salem witch trials begin in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1932 - Charles Lindbergh III, the 22-month-old son of celebrated aviator and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, is kidnapped and held for ransom. He is found dead in May. This event is the basis of Agatha Christie's famous book adaptation "Murder on the Orient Express" also made into a popular star-studded movie with Christie's famous character Hercule Poirot.
1942 - Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad," is first performed in Kuibishev, the temporary Soviet capital during World War II.
1954 - The U.S. detonates its second H-bomb on the Bikini atoll with its codename "Bravo." With an explosion equivalent of 15 megatons of TNT, it was about three times larger than expected, making it more than 1,000 times greater than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Radioactive ash and powdered coral fell down on military personnel, Bikini Islanders, and crew of a Japanese fishing vessel. Many received extreme radiation poisoning and homes were extremely contaminated 50 years later.
1983 -The Swatch watches go on sale in an attempt by the Swiss watch industry to recapture the market lost to Japanese watchmakers. The term "Swatch" is a contraption of the two words "Second Watch." Instead of the known prestigious Swiss watches, they are marketed as fun accessories.
1966 - Venera 3, USSR's probe, crashes on Venus, making it the first unmanned spacecraft to land on another planet.
Martha Argerich - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (2010). Youtube, uploaded by Sissco. Accessed March 1, 2013.
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This post was originally published March 1, 2012. It's re-published with updates.
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