April 5 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1588 - Thomas Hobbes, Philosopher
1784 - Louis Spohr, Violinist and Composer
1827 - Joseph Lister, Surgeon, considered "the father of anti-septic surgery"
1900 - Spencer Tracy, Actor
1908 - Herbert von Karajan, Austrian Composer
1908 - Bette Davis, Actress
1937 - Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State
1942 - Peter Greenaway, Film Director

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In Memoriam: "HERBERT VON KARAJAN  (April 5, 1908 - July 16, 1989) 

"Karajan conducted symphonic music with his eyes shut - A much debated and analyzed idiosyncrasy - his visual isolation from the orchestral sounds around him was, however, more purported than real, for his eyelids were only lightly closed." ~ by Klaus Stoll

Here's Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic with the heartwarming, poignant "pathetique" music of Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6.(Youtube, uploaded by kamngaty. Accessed April 5, 2018.)

Also this day in 1874, the operetta by Johann Strauss, Jr., Die Fledermaus, is first staged in Vienna. Enjoy the New Years Eve 1983 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden performance of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s 'Die Fledermaus' with soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, conducted by Placido Domingo.

Historical Events

1614 - Pocahontas, Powhatan Indian chief's daughter marries British tobacco farmer John Rolfe.

1804 - The High Possil meteorite hits Earth near Glasgow in Scotland. This is the first recorded meteorite strike to be both witnessed and fully investigated.

1874 - The operetta by Johann Strauss, Die Fledermaus, is first staged in Vienna.

1946 - Charles Ives's Symphony No. 3, awarded the Pulitzer Prize, is first performed in New York City.

1951 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for conspiring to pass classified information to the U.S.S.R.

1955 - Winston Churchill resigns as U.K. Prime Minister.

1988 - Arab terrorists hijack a Kuwait Airlines jumbo jet and free 25 of 111 hostages in Iran. Two hostages are killed before the 16-day stand-off ends in surrender.

1994 - Grunge icon Kurt Cobain shoots himself in the head. The singer, guitarist, and songwriter for three-piece rock group Nirvana, he was widely held to be be the forefather of the grunge movement in Seattle, Washington.

1998 -The largest suspension bridge in the world opens in Japan, linking the islands of Honshu and Shikoku. The main span is 1.25 miles (1.1 km) long. Construction took 10 years. 

Video Credit:

Kiri Te Kanawa - Die Fledermaus. YouTube, uploaded by KiriOnline, Kiri Te Kanawa, Accessed April 5, 2017.


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