December 29 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1721 - Jeanne Antoinette Pompadour,  Louis XV's mistress
1876 - Pablo "Pau" Casals, Cellist
1912 - Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Composer and Music 'Critic
1936 - Mary Tyler Moore, Actress 
1938 - Jon Voight, Actor
1947 - Ted Danson, Actor
1972 - Jude Law, Actor


Pau Casals - El cant dels ocells / Song of the Birds
(Concert at the White House)

Historical Events

1170 - The murder is committed of Thomas a Becket (also Marcellus the Righteous), the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the order of Henry II. He is killed by four knights at an altar in Canterbury Cahtedral, later to become a pilgrimage place, until Henry VIII had the remains burnt. 

1916 - James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is published in New York. The semi-autobiographical book becomes one of his best-known works, despite being initially rejected for publication.

1940 - German incendiary bombs create a firestorm in the historic heart of London, at the height of its Blitz bombing campaign of the city. Miraculously, St. Paul's Cathedral survives.

1965 - Zubin Mehta conducts his first Metropolitan Opera performance.

1976 - The Spanish Government under King Juan Carlos issues a postage stamp in honour of Pablo Casals' centenary.

1997 - HongKong begins a massive cull of all chickens within its territory to prevent the spread of avian flu to humans.

1998 - Khmer Rouge leaders apologise publicly for the deaths of millions of Cambodians duirng the "killing fields" atrocities of the 1970s.

Video Credit:
Pablo Casals performing at the White House. Youtube, uploaded by Juristchesus. Accessed Dec 29, 2014.

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4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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