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5th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1959 Bryan Adams (singer)

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Died:

1956 Art Tatum (jazz pianist)

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On This Day:

1605 The Gunpowder Plot – Catholic conspirators attempt to blow up King James 1 and parliament. Guy Fawkes caught, tortured and later executed.

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Have a good Monday, 5th November

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4th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1916 Walter Cronkite (broadcast journalist) 

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Died:

1847 Felix Mendelssohn (pianist and composer)

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On This Day:

1875 Tonga adopts its constitution

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Have a good Sunday, 4th November

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Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

 

– David Herbert Lawrence

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4th February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1902 Charles Lindbergh (first to fly solo across the Atlantic)

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Died:

1987 Liberace (pianist)

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On This Day:

1948 Sri Lanks declares its independence (from Britain – it was Ceylon)

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Have a good Sunday, 4th February

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2nd January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1920 Isaac Asimov (scientist and sci-fi author – I Robot)

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Died:

1977 Erroll Garner (jazz pianist – Misty)

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On This Day:

1919 Lithuania gains independence 

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Have a good Tuesday, 2nd January

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4th February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1902 Charles Lindbergh (first person to fly solo across the Atlantic)

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Died:

1987 Liberace (flamboyant pianist) 

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On This Day:

2004 Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook

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Have a good Saturday, 4th February

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28th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1953 Richard Clayderman (pianist)

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Died:

1734 Rob Roy

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On This Day:

1846 Iowa becomes the 29th State of the USA

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Have a good Wednesday, 28th December

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