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  • Rookie Caroline Bulleck (7/25/2012 11:45:00 PM) Post reply
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    I share the same name and birthday (January 23rd) with princess Caroline of Monaco. And that wasn't planned either.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (5/1/2012 6:18:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 1 May

    1786 - The Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna
    1818 - John Keats composes " Fragment of an Ode to Maia"
    1840 - The first official adhesive postage stamp was issued in Great Britain.
    1869 – The Folies Bergère opens in Paris

    1941 - Citizen Kane, a widely acclaimed film by actor and director Orson Welles premiered in New York.
    1967 - Singer Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.
    1978 – Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
    1983 – Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

    2009 – Carol Ann Duffy was elected Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position, as well as the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.


    1803 - James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d.1849)
    1901 - Sterling Allen Brown, American professor, poet and literary critic (d.1989)
    1969 - Wes Anderson, Director, turns 43

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/6/2012 1:25:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 06 April

    1327 – The poet Petrarch first sees his idealized love, Laura, in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon

    1869 – Celluloid is patented
    1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested in London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry
    1896 – The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece

    1947 – The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement
    1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time
    2008 – Egyptian workers staged an illegal general strike, two days before key municipal elections


    1483 – Raphael, Italian painter and architect
    1671 – Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet

    1941 – Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician

    1975 - Zach Braff, American actor, writer
    1976 – Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician (Sigur Rós)

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/17/2012 3:27:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 17 March

    1941 The National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C
    1950 – Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name " Californium"
    1973 – The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family


    1919 - Nat King Cole, American singer
    1938 - Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-born ballet dancer and choreographer
    1948 - William Gibson, American writer
    1951 - Kurt Russell, American actor

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/14/2012 3:16:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 14 March

    1879 - Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the great thinkers of the ages, was born
    1883 - Political philosopher Karl Marx died at age 64
    1885 – The Mikado a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, had its first public performance in London

    1931 – Alam Ara, India's first talkie film, is released
    1939 - John Steinbeck'sThe Grapes of Wrath was published
    1952 - The first human life was saved with penicillin, an antibiotic discovered accidentally by Alexander Fleming in 1928

    2005 - About 1 million people rallied in Beirut, Lebanon, demanding Syrian withdrawal and the arrest of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's killers

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - White Day, complementary day of Valentine's Day when men give gifts to women - Japan and Korea
    - Pi Day, a holiday commemorating the mathematical constant p (pi)


    1933 – Sir Michael Caine, British actor
    1933 – Quincy Jones, American musician and composer
    1948 – Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/13/2012 2:25:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 13 March

    1639 – Harvard College is named for clergyman John Harvard

    1845 – German composer Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos of all time, was first played in Leipzig

    1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory
    1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module

    2003 – Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy


    1900 - George Seferis, Greek Nobel Prize-winning poet, essayist and diplomat
    1907 – Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian of religions and writer
    1913 – Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer

    1939 - Neil Sedaka, American singer, songwriter
    1943 – André Téchiné, French film director and screenwriter

    1960 – Adam Clayton, Irish bassist (U2)

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/12/2012 4:15:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 12 March

    1912 – Juliette Gordon Low (pictured) founded a youth organization for girls that grew into the Girl Scouts of the USA

    1918 – Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years
    1921 – Istiklal Marsi was adopted in TBMM (Turkish grand national assembly)
    1930 – Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march, known as the Salt March, to the sea in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt

    1951- The cartoon Dennis the Menace by Hank Ketcham made its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers
    1968 – Mauritius achieves independence
    1987 - The musical Les Miserables opened on Broadway

    2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Arbor Day (China and Taiwan)
    - World Day Against Cyber Censorship (requested by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in 2009)


    1881 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, first President of Turkey
    1889 – Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer

    1923 – Clara Fraser, American feminist and activist
    1940 – Al Jarreau, R&B, jazz singer
    1946 – Liza Minnelli, Singer, actress, turns 66
    1952 – Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
    1970 – Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/9/2012 2:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 9 March

    1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais
    1842 – Giuseppe Verdi's third opera, Nabucco, receives its première performance in Milan; its success establishes Verdi as one of Italy's foremost opera writers

    1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York

    2010 – The first same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C., take place

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Teacher's Day or Eid Al Moalim - Lebanon


    1454 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer and cartographer
    1839 - Modest Mussorgsky, Russian composer
    1934 – Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and the first human in space

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/8/2012 2:33:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 8 March

    1010 – Ferdowsi completes his epic poem Shahnameh
    1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion

    1910 – French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license

    1920 – The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established

    1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - International Women's Day or Mother's Day
    - Revolution Day - Syria


    1859 - Kenneth Grahame, English author
    1931 - John McPhee, American writer and professor

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/7/2012 1:32:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 7 March

    1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone

    1923 - Robert Frost's poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening was published

    1985 – The song We Are the World has its international release
    2009 – The Kepler space observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, is launched
    2010 - Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director (The Hurt Locker)

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Teacher's Day - Albania


    1875 - Maurice Ravel, French composer
    1909 – Léo Malet, French writer
    1936 – Georges Perec, French novelist
    1957 - Robert Harris, English TV reporter, journalist, novelist
    1964 – Bret Easton Ellis, American writer

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