Good Information on This Day in Historical past – August 20 – Good Information Community

Joyful 88th birthday to the previous Congressman from Texas, Dr. Ron Paul. Earlier than serving three phrases as consultant of the twenty second and 14th Congressional districts, the nation physician delivered a median of 1 child per day, amounting to over 4,000 little ones as a result of he was the one OB/GYN in Brazoria County. READ extra about America’s most well-known Libertarian… (1935)

Ron Paul in Las Vegas – CC 3.0. Gage Skidmore

Ron Paul was a significant voice for many who warn towards risks of presidency overreach in issues of conflict, civil liberties, privateness, and financial freedom.

His 1988 presidential platform included non-interventionism in international conflicts, decriminalization of unlawful medicine on a federal stage, a return to the gold normal, and the abolition of each the Federal Reserve and the navy draft.

Paul waged a number of presidential campaigns, all throughout the Republican get together as a way of spreading his Libertarian message. In 2004, he grew to become well-known for the “Giuliani Second” when former Mayor of New York Metropolis Rudy Giuliani demanded that Dr. Paul apologize for antiwar feedback he had simply made in relation to the then-ongoing conflict in Iraq. Paul didn’t apologize, and as a substitute, delivered a counterargument primarily based on an attraction to purpose and the teachings of historical past. Watch his heartfelt responses under…

MORE Good Information On This Day

  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Pressure, saying, “By no means within the subject of human battle was a lot owed by so many to so few,” as pilots had been preventing the Battle of Britain, a pivotal air battle with the Germans to halt a Nazi invasion (1940)
  • Senegal broke from the Mali federation and declared independence (1960)
  • US President Lyndon Johnson signed an almost $1 billion anti-poverty measure (1964)
  • Estonia, the nation the place video conferencing instrument Skype was developed, claimed independence after being occupied by the Soviet navy for over 50 years (1991)
  • After rounds of negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords had been signed (1993)

141 years in the past as we speak, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow. Whereas the 1812 Overture debuting in 1882 could make it appear unusually named, the piece was to commemorate the profitable Russian protection towards Napoleon I’s invading Grande Armée in 1812. The 15-minute overture is finest recognized for its climactic volley of cannon fireplace, ringing chimes, and a brass fanfare finale. It has additionally turn into a standard accompaniment to fireworks shows on the US’ Independence Day, satirically sufficient. READ extra, and take heed to the piece… (1882)

Tchaikovsky’s well-known 1812 Overture – Melbourne, 2005 CC BY-NC Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, commissioned in 1812 by Tsar Alexander I to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon, was nearing completion in Moscow in 1880; the twenty fifth anniversary of the coronation of Alexander II can be at hand in 1881; and the 1882 All-Russia Arts and Business Exhibition at Moscow was within the starting stage. Tchaikovsky’s good friend and mentor Nikolai Rubinstein urged that he write a grand commemorative piece to be used in associated festivities. Tchaikovsky started work on the undertaking on 12 October 1880, ending it six weeks later.

Organizers deliberate to have the overture carried out within the sq. earlier than the cathedral, with a brass band to strengthen the orchestra, the bells of the cathedral, and all of the others in downtown Moscow enjoying “zvons” (pealing bells) on cue—and cannons, fired from an electrical change panel to attain the precision the musical rating required. Nevertheless, this efficiency didn’t happen, presumably due partially to the over-ambitious plan. Regardless, the assassination of Alexander II that March deflated a lot of the impetus for the undertaking. In 1882, through the All-Russia Arts and Business Exhibition, the Overture was carried out in a tent subsequent to the unfinished cathedral.

In the meantime, Tchaikovsky complained to his patron Nadezhda von Meck that he was “… not a conductor of competition items,” and that the Overture can be “… very loud and noisy, however [without] creative benefit, as a result of I wrote it with out heat and with out love.” He put it collectively in six weeks. It’s this work that will make the Tchaikovsky property exceptionally rich, because it is without doubt one of the most carried out and recorded works from his catalog.


137 years in the past as we speak, the Second Salon exhibition by the ‘Society of Unbiased Artists’ opened in Paris, dominated by Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, an immense portray that just about launched the Neo-Impressionist motion.

Seurat’s most well-known work took him virtually two years to finish, utilizing his pointillist strategy of tiny dots and brush strokes, upon a canvas measuring 7 by 10 toes (2×3 meters).

With the composition—which depicts Parisians at a park on the banks of the River Seine— Seurat was instantly acknowledged because the chief of a brand new and rebellious type of Impressionism referred to as Neo-Impressionism.

Seurat had been a founding father of the Société des Artistes Indépendants two years earlier, together with Cézanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, and others. As a painter, Seurat wished to make a distinction within the historical past of artwork, and with La Grand Jatte, now held within the assortment of the Artwork Institute of Chicago, many say that he succeeded. (1886)

103 years in the past as we speak, WWJ Radio started broadcasting in Detroit, Michigan. Claiming to be the place the place “business radio broadcasting started,” WWJ started with the every day “Detroit Information Radiophone” established within the newspaper’s headquarters constructing and working underneath an newbie radio license with the decision signal “8MK”.

In 1902 Thomas E. Clark started supplying vessels within the Nice Lakes area with radio, and requested financing from the Detroit Information to construct a robust radio station. Most radio transmissions presently had been nonetheless being despatched with the dots-and-dashes of Morse code, however ultimately, William E. Scripps, the then-publisher of the Detroit Information, embraced the breakthrough growth of vacuum-tube transmitters and decided they might attain a big viewers—and so they did. (1920)

2007 picture by Paul Hudson, CC license

Joyful seventy fifth Birthday to singer-songwriter Robert Plant, whose 4th album with Led Zeppelin (which included Stairway to Heaven) offered greater than 37 million copies. The charismatic rock-and-roll entrance man along with his highly effective and large vocal vary was ranked #15 on Rolling Stone journal’s Biggest Singers of All Time checklist. He additionally scored a Grammy win for his 2007 album Elevating Sand with Alison Krauss. (1948)

Brian Solis, CC license

Joyful 69th Birthday to Al Roker, the American tv persona, co-host, and climate anchor on NBC’s At the moment. In 2014, Roker set the Guinness World Report for uninterrupted reside climate reporting after 34 hours of continuous forecasts—snd the At the moment Present Plaza was formally named the ‘Rokerfeller Plaza’ in his honor. Born in Queens, New York, he’s the creator of a number of cook dinner books and historical past books on floods disasters; and a 2014 ebook about altering his life as he shed 160 kilos—By no means Goin’ Again: Successful the Weight Loss Battle For Good. (1954)

And, on today in 1977, NASA launched Voyager 2 in direction of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune. Nonetheless in operation as we speak after 41 years, it’s the solely spacecraft to have visited both of the latter two ice giants. It’s at the moment finding out the outer reaches of the Photo voltaic System, and stays in touch with the U.S. by way of the Deep Area Community operated in cooperation with Australia and Spain. WATCH a NASA fortieth Anniversary video…

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