April 8 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1605 - King Philip IV of Spain
1692 - Giuseppe Tartini, Italian Violin Virtuoso, Composer and Theorist who helped establish the modern style of violin bowing and formulated principles of musical ornamentation and harmony. (Tartini's famous Violin Sonata in G minor, "Devil's Trill Sonata".Uploaded by La Stravaganze. Accessed April 8, 2014.)

1859 - Edmund Husserl, Philosopher
1902 - Josef Krips, Austrian Conductor
1911 - Melvin Calvin, Chemist and Nobel laureate
1918 - Betty Ford, U.S. President's wife
1949 - John Madden, Film and theatre director
1955 - Barbara Kingsolver, Author
1963 - Julian Lennon, Musician
1968 - Patricia Arquette, Actress

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Historical Events

1341 - Petrarch is crowned poet laureate on the steps of the Capitol of Rome.

1820 - The Venus de Milo is discovered on Melos, an Aegean island. Aphrodite of Milos (Greek, Aphroditē tēs Mēlou), better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue, one of the most famous Greek sculture works. It was created some time between 130 and 100 BC, believed to depict Aphrodite, which is Venus to the Romans, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. The statue is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high, with arms and original plinth lost. From an inscription that was on its plinth, the work is thought to be of Alexandros of Antioch, earlier mistakenly attributed to sculptor Praxiteles. Venus de Milo is on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

1876 - Amilcare Ponchielli's opera La Gioconda (includes the famous "Dance of the Hours") is first performed in Milan. The opera is in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli set to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Angelo, Tyrant of Padua, a play in prose by Victor Hugo, dating from 1835. A synopsis can be found in Wiki - here.  Watch the video and enjoy the music! Sorry, there are no English sub-titles.  (Orchestra-Choir-Ballet Ensemble, Ente autonomo regionale, Teatro Massino "V. Bellini", Catania, conducted by Donato Renzetti.)

1945 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor, is hanged for allegedly plotting against the Nazi dictatorship in Germany.

1953 - Jomo Kenyatta is sentenced to seven years hard labour for his alleged involvement with the rebel Mau Mau movement in Kenya, a nationalist society who wanted to get rid of European settlers out of Africa. He eventually became the first Prime Minister of Kenya in 1963.

1975 - Beverly Sills makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in Rossini's Siege of Corinth.

1986 - Actor Clint Eastwood becomes Mayor of Carmel, California.

Video Credit:
La Gioconda - Ponchielli. YouTube, uploaded by Pierrot Boccanegra. Accessed April 8, 2017.


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