November 22 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1710 - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, German Composer and Organist, eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach.
1819 - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Writer
1890 - Charles de Gaulle, General and French President
1899 - Hoagy Carmichael, American Jazz Pianist and Composer. He is known for his songs "Stardust" and "Georgia on my Mind." 
1901 - Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish Composer
1913 - Lord Benjamin Britten, English Composer (operas include: Peter Grimes and Billy Budd)
1943 - Billie Jean King, American Tennis Player
1961 - Stephen Hough, Pianist and Composer
1967 - Boris Becker, German Tennis Player
1984 - Scarlett Johansson, Actress

Actress Scarlett Johansson

In memory of birthday celebrants, composers Joaquin Rodrigo and Benjamin Britten. Below, enjoy videos of Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' and Britten's 'Violin Concerto.'

Historical Events

1739 - G. F. Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day is first performed, in London. 

1906 - The International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted "SOS" ("Save Our Souls") as the international distress call.

November 21 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1694 - Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), French Enlightenment Writer, Philosopher, and Historian.
1898 - Rene Magritte, Painter
1912 - Eleanor Powell, Dancer and Actress
1929 - Marilyn French, Writer
1931 - Malcolm Williamson, Australian Composer
1941 - Juliet Mills, Actress
1945 - Goldie Hawn - Actress

Actress Goldie Hawn


Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide, based on Voltaire's famous book of the same name. 

Historical Events

1783 - The first successful free flight takes place when F.P. de Rozier and F. Laurent, M. d'Arlandes, fly for 25 minutes over Paris in a balloon.

1877 - Thomas Alva Edison announces the invention of the phonograph.

November 20 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1752 - Thomas Chatterton, English Poet
1765 - Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, Opera Composer and Conductor 
1889 - Edwin Hubble, Astronomer
1923 - Nadine Gordimer, Writer
1925 - Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator
1927 - Estelle Parsons, Actress
1939 - Dick Smothers, Comedian
1956 - Bo Derek, Actress

Actress Estelle Parsons
Comedian Dick Smothers

Historical Events

1805 - Ludwig van Beethoven conducts Fidelio, his only opera, in its first performance, in Vienna.

1889 - Gustav Mahler conducts his Symphony No. 1, "Titan," in its first performance, in Budapest.

1947 - Princess Elizabeth, 21 marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, 26, at Westminster Abbey in London. She is crowned Queen Elizabeth II six years later.

November 19 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1600 - Charles I, King of Great Britain and Ireland.He enters into a struggle against parliamentary power. and rules for 11 years without them. The Royalists and Parliamentarians fight the English Civil War, which King Charles loses.
1831 - James Abram Garfield, 20th US President
1905 - Tommy Dorsey, American Trombonist and Bandleader
1917 - Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister
1942 - Calvin Klein, Fashion Designer
1961 - Meg Ryan, Actress
1962 - Jodie Foster, Actress

20th US President James Garfield

Feature: Zoltan Kodaly's Psalmus Hungaricus, Op. 13.  Kertész conducting the London Symphony Orchestra; Kosma, Brighton Festival Chorus. (For those of us who don't understand Hungarian text, let's enjoy the glorious music. It's beautiful.)

"Mikoron Dávid nagy búsultában, [When as King David sore was afflicted,]
Baráti miatt volna bánatban, [By those he trusted basely deserted,]
Panaszolkodván nagy haragjában [In his great anger bitterly grieving]
Ilyen könyörgést kezde ı magában: [Thus to Jehovah pray'd he within his heart.]

Istenem Uram, kérlek tégedet, [God of my fathers, bow Thine ear to me,]
Fordítsad reám szent szemeidet, [Turn not away the light of Thy countenance,]
Nagy szükségemben ne hagyj engemet [Leave me not lonely in my misery,]
Mert megemészti nagy bánat szívemet. [Sore is my heart and sorrow o'erwhelmeth me.]"

Historical Events

1850 - Alfred Lord Tennyson, English poet, becomes Poet Laureate, an office he holds until his death in 1892. 

1863 - U.S. President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address when dedicating a national military cemetery at the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania. It begins with the famous: "Four score and seven years ago, our father brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Notable orator Edward Everett spoke before the president for two hours. Lincoln spoke for two minutes.