May 15 Datebook

Famous Birthdays

1567 - Claudio Monteverdi, Italian Composer, regarded as the father of modern opera. He was an Italian composer of both secular and sacred music, a pioneer in the development of opera and considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and the BAroque periods of music history.
1890 - Katherine Anne Porter, Amerian Short-story Writer and Novelist 
1905 - Henry Fonda, Actor
1909 - James Mason, Actor
1948 - Brian Eno, Electronic Musician and Music Producer

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Claudio Monteverdi's  "Sì dolce è'l tormento" ("How sweet the torment")

Here's a beautiful intepretation by soprano Silvia Frigato, harpist Marta Graziolino. Live from Teatro Bibiena, Mantova - Festival MiTo 2011

Historical Events

1940 - Nylon stockings start its general sale in the U.S.  Nylon is the first commercially successful polymer, made entirely from the basic ingredients of coal, water, and air.

1944 - Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery, Prime Minister Churchill, and King George VI discuss Britain's D-Day plan.

1948 - The 28-year Mandate of Britain over Palestine ends.

1958 - Sputnik III, a Soviet research station, is launched to explore the upper atmosphere and near space.

1972 - Okinawa, a Japanese island under U.S. control since 1945, is returned to the Japanese Government.

1988 - The USSR starts to withdraw its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan, more than eight years after Soviet forces enter the country.

Video Credit:
Claudio Monteverdi's "Si Dolce e'l tormento".  YouTube, uploaded by Accademia D'Arcadia.  Accessed 15 May 2017.

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