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    Post  George on Wed 20 Dec 2017, 08:28

    December 20

    On this day in 1948, the pianist Mitsuko Uchida is born in Atami, Japan.



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    Post  Sylvia on Fri 22 Dec 2017, 07:07

    December 22
    On this day in 1639, the playwright Jean Racine is born in La Ferté-Milon, France.
    On this day in 1883, the composer Edgard Varèse is born in Paris, France.

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    Post  Vicky on Sat 23 Dec 2017, 12:01

    December 23
    On this day in 1955, the poet Carol Ann Duffy is born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She is the current Poet Laureate.

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    Post  Ian on Sun 24 Dec 2017, 09:17

    December 24
    On this day in 1943, the politician Tarja Halonen is born in Helsinki, Finland. She was the first female President of Finland (2000–12).

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    Post  Dave on Mon 25 Dec 2017, 09:11

    December 25
    On this day in 1984, the cricketer Alastair Cook is born in Gloucester, England, UK.
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    Post  George on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 01:23

    January 1

    On this day in 1992, the Arsenal footballer Jack Wilshere is born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK.



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    Post  Dave on Wed 03 Jan 2018, 12:12

    January 3
    On this day in 1969, the retired racing driver Michael Schumacher is born in Hürth, Germany.

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    Post  Sylvia on Fri 05 Jan 2018, 12:55

    January 5
    On this day in 1931, the pianist Alfred Brendel is born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic.
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    Post  George on Sun 07 Jan 2018, 04:29

    A moment ago, I watched The Hurt Locker on e123movies.com. This 2008 film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar – while Jeremy Renner was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.



    January 7

    On this day in 1971, Renner is born in Modesto, California, USA.



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    Post  Sophie on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 07:10

    January 8
    On this day in 1942, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is born in Oxford, England, UK.

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    Post  Vicky on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 07:14

    January 8
    On this day in 1896, the French poet Paul Verlaine dies in Paris, France.

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    Post  Sylvia on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 12:55

    January 10
    On this day in 1903, the sculptor Barbara Hepworth is born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK.

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    Post  Dave on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 14:05

    January 10
    On this day in 1945, the singer and songwriter Sir Roderick David Stewart, better known as Rod Stewart, is born in Highgate, N London, England, UK. Football played a major role in his early life, according to Wikipedia:
    The family was mostly focused on football; Stewart’s father had played in a local amateur team and managed some teams as well, and one of Stewart’s earliest memories were the pictures of Scottish players such as George Young and Gordon Smith that his brothers had on the wall. Stewart was the most talented footballer in the family and was a strong supporter of Arsenal F.C. at the time. Combining natural athleticism with near-reckless aggression, he became captain of the school football team and played for Middlesex Schoolboys as centre-half.

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    Post  Sylvia on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 23:32

    January 19
    On this day in 1955, the conductor Sir Simon Rattle is born in Liverpool, England, UK.

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    Post  Michael on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 23:35

    January 19
    On this day in 1946, the country singer Dolly Parton is born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

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    Post  Vicky on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 23:38

    January 19
    On this day in 1809, the writer Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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    Post  Sylvia on Mon 22 Jan 2018, 16:54

    January 22
    On this day in 1849, the playwright August Strindberg is born in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Post  Vicky on Mon 22 Jan 2018, 17:36

    January 22
    On this day in 1788, the poet Lord Byron is born in England, UK.

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    Post  Sylvia on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 11:41

    January 24
    On this day in 1920, the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani dies in Paris, France.

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    Post  Vicky on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 04:44

    January 25
    On this day in 1759, the poet Robert Burns is born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK.
    On this day in 1882, the writer Virginia Woolf is born in Kensington, W London, England, UK.

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    Post  Sylvia on Fri 26 Jan 2018, 04:21

    January 26
    On this day in 1911, the opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauß is premiered at the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany.
    On this day in 1945, the cellist Jacqueline du Pré is born in Oxford, England, UK.

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    Post  Ian on Sat 27 Jan 2018, 04:09

    January 27
    On this day in 1945, the notorious concentration camp of Auschwitz, Poland, is liberated from the Nazis.

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    Post  Sylvia on Sat 27 Jan 2018, 04:15

    January 27
    On this day in 1756, the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born in Salzburg, Austria.

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    Post  Dave on Sun 28 Jan 2018, 17:44

    January 28
    On this day in 1912, the abstract-expressionist painter Jackson Pollock is born in Cody, Wyoming, USA. He is not related to the South African father & son cricketers Graeme and Shaun Pollock.

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    Post  Sylvia on Mon 29 Jan 2018, 17:00

    Italian composer in double denial (4)
    Solution: NONO.

    January 29
    On this day in 1924, the composer Luigi Nono is born in Venice, Italy.

    Also, on 29 January 1860 (New Style) the playwright Anton Chekhov is born in Taganrog, Russia.

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    Post  Ian on Mon 29 Jan 2018, 21:52

    British politician in double denial (4)
    Solution: EDEN.

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    Post  Sylvia on Wed 31 Jan 2018, 11:11

    January 31
    On this day in 1797, the composer Franz Schubert is born in Vienna, Austria – where he lives and works all through his very short life.

    His life was very short indeed: he died at the age of just 31. Among all the famous composers I know of, only Giovanni Battista Pergolesi died younger – aged 26.

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    Post  Ian on Fri 02 Feb 2018, 14:46

    February 2
    On this day in 1943, the Battle of Stalingrad. a major confrontation in WWⅡ, comes to an end.

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    Post  Sylvia on Sat 03 Feb 2018, 14:10

    February 3
    On this day in 1809, the composer Felix Mendelssohn is born in Hamburg, Germany.

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    Post  Vicky on Wed 07 Feb 2018, 04:05

    February 7
    On this day in 1812, the novelist Charles Dickens is born in Portsmouth, England, UK.

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    Post  Dave on Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:24

    February 10
    On this day in 1996, the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue wins a game of chess against Garry Kasparov in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, becoming the first computer program to beat a world champion in a classical game under tournament regulations.

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    Post  Ian on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 13:36

    February 12
    On this day in 1809, the future US President Abraham Lincoln is born near Hodgenville, Kentucky, USA.

    Also on this very day in the same year, the naturalist Charles Darwin is born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK! Two famous people born on one and the same day – what are the chances!

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    Post  Vera on Thu 15 Feb 2018, 10:28

    February 15
    On this day in 1748 (New Style) the philosopher Jeremy Bentham is born in London, England, UK.

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    Post  Ian on Wed 21 Feb 2018, 01:39

    February 21
    On this day in 1924, the statesman Rubert Mugabe is born in Kutama, Zimbabwe.

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    Post  Vicky on Tue 27 Feb 2018, 16:50

    February 27
    On this day in 1902, the writer John Steinbeck is born in Salinas, California, USA.

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    Post  Ian on Wed 07 Mar 2018, 18:01

    March 6
    On this day in 1957, Ghana gains independence from British colonial rule.

    [This is yesterday’s date – I forgot to come and post yesterday.]

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    Post  Sophie on Tue 13 Mar 2018, 10:38

    March 13
    On this day in 1781, the planet Uranus is discovered by William Herschel.

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    Post  Dave on Tue 13 Mar 2018, 10:47

    March 13
    On this day in 1996, tragedy strikes as a gunman opens fire and kills sixteen children and a teacher at a school in Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK. Shocked

    The British tennis star Andrew Murray was a schoolboy at that school on that very day, but happened to be in another part of the building when the horrible incident took place. He has been much affected by that upsetting childhood experience. It is something he has never felt like talking about to the media since he became a sports celebrity.

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    Post  Sophie on Wed 14 Mar 2018, 10:40

    March 14
    On this day in 1879, the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany.

    The genius of the 20th century, Einstein is chiefly remembered for his special and general theories of relativity, but let us not forget that he has made other contributions to modern physics – particularly the photoelectric effect, which was what he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for.

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    Post  Sylvia on Tue 20 Mar 2018, 09:46

    March 20
    On this day in 1828, the playwright Henrik Ibsen is born in Skien, Norway.

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    Post  Dave on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 12:34

    March 27
    On this day in 1971, the motor-racing driver David Coulthard is born in Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, UK.

    Coulthard has appeared as a rogue taxi driver in an advert for the car-insurance company Aviva. The advert is now banned.

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    Post  Vicky on Sat 07 Apr 2018, 14:08

    April 7
    On this day in 1770, the poet William Wordsworth is born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, UK.

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    Post  Ian on Sun 19 Aug 2018, 13:33

    August 19
    On this day in 1946, Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the USA (1993–2001), is born in Hope, Arkansas.

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