November 17 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

9 C.E. - Vespasian, Roman Emperor
1906 - Soichiro Honda, Car Manufacturer
1925 - Rock Hudson, Actor
1925 - Charles Mackerras, Conductor and Musical Director
1942 - Martin Scorsese, American-Italian Filmmaker
1944 - Danny DeVito, Actor and Director

Actor Rock Hudson

Historical Events

1558 - Queen Mary I, known as Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants, dies of influenza at the age of 42 and Elizabeth I becomes Queen of England.

1604 - Sir Walter Raleigh, one of Queen Elizabeth I's favourites, is tried for treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London. 

November 16 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

42 B.C.E. - Tiberius, Roman Emperor
1836 - David Kalakaua, Last King of Hawaii
1873 - William Christopher Handy, Band-leader, referred to as "father" of Blues
1895 - Paul Hindemith, Composer, Conductor and Lecturer at Harvard University
1907 - Burgess Meredith, Actor
1930 - Chinua Achebe (Albert Chinualumogu), Writer
1971 - Alexander Popov, Swimmer

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Suggested Listening: 

Paul Hindemith's 'Mathis der Maler Symphony' -  Conducted and composed by Paul Hindemith. Berlin Philharmonic, 1955
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Historical Events

1539 - Francisco Pizarro and his men defeat the Inca army at Cajamarca and capture the Inca Emperor Atahualpa, who is strangled in August the following year.

1848 - Frederic Chopin, already ill, volunteers to play in London at a Polish benefit ball, his last public appearance.

Below, listen and enjoy as pianist Arthur Rubinstein interpret Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat major, a popular romantic nocturne, popularised "To Love Again."(Sung by Vic Damone, uploaded by nancyfloressantos. Accessed November 16, 2018.)

November 15 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1511 - Johannes Secundus, Poet
1731 - William Cowper, Poet and Hymnodist
1738 - Sir William Herschel, Astronomer, brother of Caroline Herschel
1774 - William Horsley, English Organist and Composer
1887 - Georgia O'Keeffe, Painter
1905 - Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, Italian-English Composer and Conductor of light music
1914 - Jorge Bolet, Cuban-American Pianist and Teacher
1932 - J.G. Ballard, Writer
1942 - Daniel Barenboim, Pianist and Conductor

Historical Events

1684 - King Louis XIV of France opens the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) in the Palace of Versailles. In this room the German empire was proclaimed on January 18, 1871, and the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.

1832 - Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op.107, "Reformation," is first performed in Berlin.

November 14 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1650 - William of Orange, King of England
1719 - Leopold Mozart, Composer, Violinist, and Father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
1778 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, German Pianist and Composer
1797 - Charles Lyell, Geologist
1805 - Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, German Pianist and sister of Felix Mendelssohn.  (Pianist Heather Schmidt interpreting Fanny's Notturno in G minor. Accessed November 14, 2018.) 
1840 - Claude Monet, French Painter, Founder of French Impressionist Painting (Claude Oscar Monet. Source: Claude Monet Gallery Org.)
1889 - Jawaharlal Nehru, First Indian Prime Minister
1891 - Frederick Grant Banting, Medical scientist, Physician, Painter and Nobel Laureate noted as the first person who used insulin on humans
1900 - Aaron Copland, American Composer and Conductor (A Copland and Ballet Suite Appalachian Spring) 
1907 - Astrid Lingren, Children's Writer
1921 - Brian Keith, Actor
1948 - Prince Charles, Heir to the British Throne

Prince Charles of Wales
Actor Brian Keith

Historical Events

1666 - English diarist Samuel Pepys writes about the first successful blood transfusion - between two dogs conducted at a meeting of the Royal Society. The dog that received the blood survived, the donor didn't. 

1914 - The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire recently allied with Germany, declares jihad (holy war) on Britain, Russia, and France and enters World War I.