Famous Birthdays1693 - John Harrison, Clockmaker
1808 - Maria Felicita Malibran, nee Garcia, Contralto
1874 - Harry Houdini, Magician
1930 - Steve McQueen, Actor
1936 - David Suzuki, Environmentalist
1943 - George Harrison, Musician
1951 - Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion entrepreneur
Actor Steve McQueen
Fashion entrepreneur Tommy Hilfiger
Sibelius' Symphony No. 7 with L. Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic
1603 - On the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, King James VI of Scotland succeeds to the English throne, uniting the two countries, and becoming James I. QEI dies after a reign of 44 years, ending the Elizabethan age that saw the Spanish Armada smashed in 1588, prominence of Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake prominent, and a huge period of expansion in English power at sea and on land.
1882 - Dr. Robert Koch announces in Berlin that he has isolated the bacterium responsible fffor tuberculosis. He receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1905.
1900 - The construction of the first section of New York's subway system begins. The decision to build a subway came about because the elevated rail system had ceased to function during the Blizzard of 1888.
1924 - Jean Sibelius conducts the first performance of his Symphony No. 7, in Stockholm.
1955 - The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens in Morosco Theatre, New York, and becomes one of Tennessee William's greatest Broadway successes. One of Williams's best-known works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, same year. Set in the "plantation home in the Mississippi Delta of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, William's play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family, mainly between his son Brick and Maggie the "Cat", Brick's wife.
1969 - Per Norgaard's Voyage into the Golden Screen, for chamber orchestra, is first performed in Copenhagen.
1958 - Elvis Presley becomes a private in the U.S. Army, where he serves for two years, spending much of his time in Germany.
1989 - The Exxon Valdez runs aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, creating one of the most damaging oil spills in history.
Sibelius, Symphonie Nr 7 C Dur op 105 Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker. YouTube, uploaded by some oane. Accessed March 24, 2017.
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