March 12 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1710 - Thomas Augustine Arne, English Composer, famous for Rule, Britannia!,  which became Britain's national patriotic song.  Video: Arne's Rule, Britannia -  Uploaded by TousavecNintendo. Performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  Accessed March 12, 2018. (Note: Arne composed The Masque of Alfred, an opera in three acts, first performed August 1, 1740, Cliveden, revised version May 12, 1753, Covent Garden, London. Libretto: David Mallet and James Thomson. Ode: When Britain first at heav'n's command ('The celebrated ode in honour of Great Britain call'd Rule Britannia'). 
1863 - Gabriele D'Annuncio, Italian Poet and Writer
1881 - Kemal Atatürk, First leader of Turkey
1888 - Vaslav Nijinski, Ballet Dancer and Choreographer
1912 - Edward Albee, Playwright
1921 - Ralph Shapey, American Composer, Teacher, Conductor
1922 - Jack Kerouac, Poet and Writer
1923 - Wally Schirra, Astronaut, flew in all 3 space programs Mercury, Gemini and Apollo
1925 - George Delerue, French Composer of Films and Television  (Man, Woman and Child (film) sountrack)
1946 - Liza Minnelli, Actress and Singer

Astronaut Wally Schirra

Historical Events

1857 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera Simon Boccanegra premieres in Venice.

1894 - Bottled Coca-Cola is sold for the first time. The drink was created in 1886 by Dr. John Pemberton, and patented it in 1893.

1923 - Dr. Lee De Forest demonstrates the Phonofilm, the first kind with a soundtrack.

1930 - Mahatma Gandhi begins a civil disobedience march from his ashram to the coastal village of Dandi, 240 miles (380 km) away.

1933  - German President Paul von Hindenburg orders the flag of the German Republic to be replaced with the empire banner and the swastika.

1943 - Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass and percussion, premieres in Cincinnati, US. 

1994 - Thirty-three women are the first women ordained as priests in the Church of England. They were ordained as priests in Bristol Cathedral. The Church of England is part of the Anglican Communion of Churches. The Episcopal Church of the U.S. was the first within this group to ordain women in 1974 and others soon followed. In 1989 the Anglican Church of New Zealand ordained the firsts female bishop.


1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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