204 years in the past as we speak Clara Schumann was born. Considered probably the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic period, Schumann, based on Wikipedia, shifted the emphasis of what made a terrific pianist away from virtuoso items and towards the aesthetics of the recital. She achieved this over a 61-year profession performing dwell, however she additionally composed solo piano items, a piano concerto (her Op. 7), chamber music, choral items, and songs. READ extra about her and hearken to her piano concerto… (1819)
Born right into a household of pianists in Germany’s musical crucible of Leipzig, Clara was designated a baby prodigy. She started touring at age eleven, and was profitable in Paris and Vienna, amongst different cities. Musical Germans had been consistently a part of her life. She married the composer Robert Schumann, and the couple had eight kids. Collectively, they collaborated with Johannes Brahms and maintained an in depth relationship with him. She gave the general public premieres of many works by her husband and by Brahms.
Robert died younger, from a psychotic episode that noticed him try suicide after which admitted right into a sanitarium. Brahms in addition to different grasp musicians hung out with Clara making an attempt to nurse her by means of the lack of her beloved husband with music.
Over 1,300 live performance packages from her performances all through Europe between 1831 and 1889 have been preserved. Most of Clara Schumann’s music was by no means performed by anybody else and largely forgotten till a resurgence of curiosity within the Nineteen Seventies. Immediately her compositions are more and more carried out and recorded.
Her output slowed significantly after having kids, one thing her husband lamented, however one thing she felt was proper and accountable.
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- The Boston Gentle turned the primary lighthouse lit in the US: in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, in what was the American colonies, it’s and nonetheless staffed by the Coast Guard in a keeper/tour information function (1716)
- The primary televised episode of the caricature The Archies aired, that includes a 5-piece band that rose to fame with the real-life pop hit Sugar Sugar—produced by Don Kirshner, who additionally introduced us The Monkees (1968)
- The Waltons TV program premiered on American tv (primarily based on a ebook by Earl Hamner, Jr.) a couple of household in rural Virginia dealing with the Nice Melancholy (1972)
- The primary American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, was canonized by Pope Paul VI (1975)
- The movie Quadrophenia was launched, primarily based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera album of the identical title (1979)
- Historic Nationwide Prayer Service held in Canada on Parliament Hill for victims of the September 11 assaults, the biggest vigil ever held within the nation’s capital (2001)
- The primary remark of gravitational waves was made, by the LIGO and Virgo collaborations, a discovery that gained the Noble Prize in Physics (2015)
14 years in the past, Sir David Attenborough formally opened the Darwin Heart of the Pure Historical past Museum in London, the biggest extra wing of the museum to be added because the complicated was opened. With the intention of connecting guests to the nuts and bolts of the pure sciences of biology and taxonomy as by no means earlier than, a big characteristic of the museum are actual laboratories the place scientists conduct analysis on species—themselves on show behind large glass partitions. A few of these areas are linked to intercoms so friends can ask the scientists what they’re engaged on.
“By no means has it been so essential to know the range of life on Earth and the way it’s altering, if we’re to sort out most of the points that people face as we speak,” Sir David stated at its opening.
“The Darwin Centre will encourage the following era of naturalists and scientists by means of its mixture of scientific experience, specimens, public dialogue, movie and interactive media. It would allow all of us to discover the wonders of our world and examine its secrets and techniques.”
The brand new middle which is the world’s largest sprayed concrete construction, doubled the museum’s laboratory area, and on show in its varied rooms like the enormous Cocoon are 17 million species of bugs and three million species of crops. (2012)
84 years in the past as we speak, Igor Sikorsky flew his self-designed Vought-Sikorsky VS-300, the primary viable helicopter, which pioneered the rotor configuration utilized by most helicopters as we speak.
In 1901, the Russian homeschooled boy started to experiment with mannequin flying machines, and by age 12, he’d made a small rubber band-powered helicopter.
Through the revolution, he emigrated to the U.S., launched an plane firm, and was satisfied that his years of examine and analysis into rotary-wing flight issues would result in a breakthrough.
The VS-300, with its single three-blade rotor initially powered by a 75 horsepower engine, was the primary profitable helicopter to make use of a single vertical-plane tail rotor configuration for anti-torque. With floats connected, it turned the primary sensible amphibious helicopter. Quickly, Igor Sikorsky modified the design into the R-4, which 3 years later turned the world’s first mass-produced helicopter. (1939)
39 years in the past as we speak, retired Air Power Colonel and fighter pilot (who was shot down a decade earlier) Joseph Kittinger set off alone as the primary man to cross the Atlantic in a gas-powered balloon, setting a world aerospace file.
4 days later, after having traveled 3,543 miles (5703km) by means of the center layers of the stratosphere, he had change into the primary man to totally witness the curvature of the earth—on a mission that was seen by its designers as a stepping stone to area. He additionally beforehand set a world file for the best skydive from a peak larger than 19 miles. (1984)
And, on this date in 1955, after irritating periods in a recording studio, Little Richard and his producer went to a bar for lunch. Richard began enjoying the piano like loopy, singing a loud, racy model of ‘Tutti Frutti,’ a music he had written and composed for dwell membership gigs years earlier.
With its opening cry of ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom,’ the producer knew it might be successful. Richard accomplished the music in three takes and it turned his first #1 hit. Some name this music “the file that modified the world” and “the beginning of rock and roll”, with its loud vocal model emphasizing energy, and its distinctive beat and rhythm, combining components of boogie, gospel and blues. David Bowie credit Little Richard as his most essential musical inspiration.
38 years in the past as we speak, The Golden Ladies, starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuted on tv. The favored sitcom created by Susan Harris aired on NBC for seven seasons—a complete of 180 half-hour episodes. The present options 4 older ladies who share friendship and a house in Miami, and the wise-cracking ladies had been an on the spot hit with audiences.
The Golden Ladies acquired essential acclaim, too, profitable the Primetime Emmy Award for Excellent Comedy Collection twice. It additionally gained three Golden Globe Awards for Finest Comedy TV present. Every of the 4 stars acquired an Emmy Award, making it considered one of solely three sitcoms in historical past ever to realize this. The sequence additionally ranked among the many Nielsen scores Prime 10 for six of its seven seasons.
In 2014, the Writers Guild of America positioned the sitcom at quantity 69 of their listing of the “101 Finest Written TV Collection of All Time”. WATCH a terrific spotlight reel of a few of their funniest moments… (1985)
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