May 11 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1884 - Alma Gluck, American Soprano
1888 - Irving Berlin, Songwriter, best remembered for his song 'White Christmas'
1894 - Martha Graham, Choreographer
1904 - Salvador Dali, Artist
1952 - Frances Fisher, Actress

Actress Frances Fisher

In Memoriam:  
Songwriter Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 - September 22, 1989) 

Here's Irving Berlin's famous song "Always" dedicated  to his wife on their wedding anniversary. Artists:  Vocal & Violin: Katica Illenyi , Violin: Ferenc Illenyi, Violin: Csaba Illenyi,  Cello: Aniko Illenyi.  Dohn├ínyi Orchestra Budafok. Conductor: Istvan Sillo 

Historical Events

1812 - UK Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated. John Bellingham, his assassin, is later hanged. Unlike American Presidents, he is the only British Prime Minister to be killed in this way. 

1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian patriot and military leader, lands at Marsala, Sicily, at the start of his campaign to Italy's reunification.

1949 - Israel is admitted to the United Nations as the world body's 59th member by a vote of 37 to 12.

1949 - The country of Siam changes its name to Thailand.

1955 - Sir Arthur Bliss's Violin Concerto is first performed, in London.
Link to Arthur Bliss's Violin Concerto in 1974, performed by John Georgiadis. (Accessed 11 May 2018)

1961 - U.S. President Kennedy authorizes American advisers to aid South Vietnam against the North Vietnam forces.

1969 - The Monty Python comedy troupe is formed. The group met while at university and although some had worked with each other before, it is this day in 1969 that their comedic chemistry came to revolutionize contemporary comedy. The six members of the troupe include John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Eric Idle (together at Cambridge); Michael Palin and Terry Jones (together at Oxford); Terry Gilliam (the only American).

1998 - France becomes the first EU country to produce the new currency as the first Euro coin is struck at its country's official mint.

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