January 23 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1752 - Muzio Clementi, Pianist and Composer
1783 - Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle), Soldier under Napoleon and Author
1832 - Édouard Manet, French Modernist Painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. (E. Manet Paintings. Uploaded by Getahun Haile. Accessed January 23, 2013.)
1899 -
Humphrey Bogart, American Film & Stage Actor ("I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me."- H. Bogart)
1933 - Joel Spiegelman, American Composer, Conductor, and Harpsichordist
1950 - Richard Dean Anderson, Actor
1957 -
Princess Caroline of Monaco

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Featuring Muzio Clementi, Italian pianist and composer. 

Muzio Clementi settled in London in 1782 and founded the present-day technique of piano playing. He was a contemporary of Wolfgang A. Mozart. Clementi is best known for his 'Gradus ad Parnassum' collection of piano studies, and for his sonatinas. Below is Clementi's famous Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 1.  (Youtube, uploaded by Phillip Sear, who played it himself. Accessed January 23, 2018.)

Historical Events

1510 - Henry VIII of England, 18 years old that time, takes part incognito in a tournament at Richmond and is applauded for his jousting before revealing his identity.

1571 - The Royal Exchange in London is opened by Queen Elizabeth I. 

1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first U.S. female doctor.

January 22 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1561 - Sir Francis Bacon,  1st Viscount St Alban, English Philosopher, Statesman, Scientist, Jurist, Orator, and Author
1788 - George Gordon, Lord Byron, Poet
1940 - John Hurt, Actor
1959 - Linda Blair, Actress
1960 - Michael Hutchence, Musician
1965 - Diane Lane, Actress

Actress Diane Lane

Historical Events

1840 - The first British colonists reach New Zealand.

1859 - Johannes Brahms is soloist in the premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 1, in Hanover, with Joseph Joachim conducting.

Here's Brahms's Piano concerto No. 1,  interpreted by pianist Arthur Rubinstein, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), conducted by Bernard Haitink, in Amsterdam, 1973.

January 21 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1869 - Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia.
1885 - Umberto Nobile, Politician, and airship designer
1895 - Cristobal Balenciaga, Fashion Designer
1905 - Christian Dior, Fashion designer (“Happiness is the secret to all beauty; there is no beauty that is attractive without happiness.” - C. Dior.)
1922 - Telly Savalas, Actor
1924 - Benny Hill, Actor and comedian
1941 - Placido  Domingo, Spanish Tenor, Conductor and Arts Administrator (P. Domingo singing a famous Mexican song, 'La Malagueña Salerosa.' The song is about a man telling a woman (from Malaga, Spain) how beautiful she is, and how he would love to be her man, but that he understands her rejecting him for being too poor.)
1956 -Geena Davis, Actress ("If you risk nohing, then you risk everything." - Geena Davis.)
1994 - Laura Robson, Tennis Player

Actor Telly Savalas
Tennis player Laura Robson

Historical Events

1189 - Phillip II, Henry II, and Richard the Lion-Heart start the third Crusade to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.

1789 - The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy, is printed in Boston, Massachusetts.

January 20 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1894 - Walter Piston, American Composer and Harvard University Professor.
1896 - George Burns, American Comedian, Actor, Singer, and Writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became his familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. 
1906 - Aristotle Onassis, Industrialist and shipping magnate
1910 - Joy Adamson, Naturalist and writer
1920 - Federico Fellini, film director
1930 - Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut
1965 - Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Comedian and actor George Burns
Countess of Wessex Sophie Rhys-Jones

Featuring 'La Dolce Vita,' one of  the famous films Fellini directed and co-wrote.  
La Dolce Vita (Italian for "the sweet life" or "the good life"), is a 1960 Italian drama film that follows Marcello Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on his journey through the "sweet life" of Rome in a fruitless search for love and happiness. La Dolce Vita won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. and the Oscar for Best Costumes. It remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time. The film stars Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. (Resource: Wiki)  Below is the Trevi Fountain Scene of the film. (Youtube, uploaded by italfilmsubs. Accessed January 20, 2018.)

Link to La Dolce Vita's soundtrack:  here. Composed by Nino Rota.

Historical Events

1885 - L.A. Thompson patents the roller-coaster.

1936 - Edward VIII, son to George V, ascends the throne, but abdicates before he is crowned, to marry Wallis Simpson. He dies without heirs and is buried in the same place as his great-grandmother, Victoria, at Frogmore in Windsor.