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Births, events, etc. that happened on this date.

It’s Jack London’s birthday.


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Chet Baker

Chat Baker was born on this date. (1929-1988). Cool jazz trumpeter. Everybody who any pretensions to coolness was listening to Chet Baker in the 1950’s. He was famously hooked on heroin which (along with prison) messed up his career, but … Continue reading

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Albert Henry Krehbiel

The artist for today – Albert Henry Krehbiel – was born 25 November 1873 in Denmark, Iowa and died in 1945. He is generally known as an American impressionist, but as you can see his work is not typical. Krehbiel … Continue reading

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Manuel de Falla

Manuel de Falla, born 23 November 1876; died 1946. A fine Spanish classical composer. He worked closely with Spanish musical elements, particularly Andalusion. (He was Andalusion.) Also, as you can plainly hear, he was in the impressionistic tradition.

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“Areopagitica” was published on this day in 1644. This tract by John Milton is one of the central documents of freedom of expression. “I cannot praise a fugitive and cloister’d vertue, unexercis’d & unbreath’d, that never sallies out and sees … Continue reading

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“Harold in Italy”

Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” premiered on this date in 1834 in Paris. I used to play the Thomas Beecham/William Primrose/Royal Philharmonic version in my old beat-up, cheap apartment when I was young and had recently left home. It seemed so … Continue reading

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Theodore Dwight Weld

Theodore Dwight Weld (November 23, 1803 – February 3, 1895). People overuse the term “hero” these days, in my opinion. It loses its potency and meaning from overuse. Theodore Weld is a true American hero. A primary leader of the … Continue reading

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