Listen to an episode of the Mel Blanc radio show, free from originaloldradio.com.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Listen to an episode of the Mel Blanc radio show, free from originaloldradio.com.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Faust was born in Seattle and both his parents died soon after. He grew up in central California and later worked as a cowhand on one of the many ranches of the San Joaquin Valley. Faust attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he began to write frequently. He did not attain a degree, as he was deemed a troublemaker, and he began to travel extensively.
Read Harrigan by Max Brand, one of 13 of his books available free from Project Gutenberg.
Monday, May 28, 2007
From 1756 until 1762 Guillotin got his formation as Master of Arts as a member of the Jesuit order. He became professor of literature at Irish College in Bordeaux, but subsequently decided to leave the Society of Jesus and to become a physician. He studied medicine at Reims and the University of Paris and graduated from the university in 1770.
Learn more about the history of the guillotine, free from The Guillotine Headquarters at metaphor.dk.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Born Dora Angela Duncan in San Francisco, California, she is considered by many to be the mother of Modern Dance. Although never very popular in the United States, she entertained throughout Europe.
Duncan was born in San Francisco, where she lived with her mother Dora, and her father, Joseph Duncan. Mr. Duncan had walked out on his family, giving the family a reason to convert from Roman Catholicism to strict atheism. Duncan attended school for the early years of her life, but dropped out because she found it to be constricting to her individuality. Her family was very poor, so to earn extra money, both she and her sister gave dance classes to local children. Their mother also taught piano lessons.
Read Isadora Duncan and 'The Dance',by B. John Zavrel, free from meaus.com.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Mary Wortley Montagu, by Charles Jervas.
She was the eldest daughter of Evelyn Pierrepont, who succeeded his brother as 5th Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull when she was aged one and was later created Marquess of Dorchester and then Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, and was baptized at Covent Garden. Her mother, who died while Mary was still a child, was a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Denbigh. Her father was proud of her beauty and wit, and when she was eight years old she is said to have been the toast of the Kit-Kat Club. He took small pains with the education of his children, but Lady Mary was encouraged in her self-imposed studies by Gilbert Burnet, the Bishop of Salisbury.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Read The Last Days of Pompeii by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, one of 225 of his works available free from Project Gutenberg.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The most important gender theorist of her time, Fuller was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (The Margaret Fuller House, in which she was born, is still standing today and is now occupied by an active community outreach program.) Her father, Timothy Fuller, a lawyer and prominent politician, gave her a vigorous classical education which shaped the bent of her mind but--according to Fuller's own testimony--also sensitized her to the personal expense of her society's masculinized values.
In 1836 she taught at the Temple School in Boston and from 1837 to 1839 taught in Providence, Rhode Island.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Dorothea Dandridge "Dolley" Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849) was the wife of President James Madison, who served from 1809 until 1817. She also occasionally acted as what is now described as First Lady of the United States during the administration of Thomas Jefferson, fulfilling the ceremonial functions more usually associated with the President's wife, since Jefferson was a widower. Her name has been widely misspelled as "Dolly".
She was born in New Garden, a Quaker community located in the area now known as Guilford County, North Carolina, on May 20, 1768. Her father was John Payne, and her mother was Mary Coles. In 1783 John took his family back to Philadelphia to allow better educational opportunities for the children and to be more closely associated with their Quaker roots. Dolley spent her teenage years in Philadelphia, and attended Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Know more about Dolley Madison's business; read her letters, free from the University of Virginia.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The architecture of his shrine is like a tent because his ancestors' occupation was tentmaking. Some of his poems have been written on the walls surrounding the shrine. His shrine is in a garden that Imamzadeh Mahroq Mosque is placed there as well, about 100 meters near his shrine.
Read The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyám, free from Project Gutenberg.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Anna Brownell Jameson (May 17, 1794 - March 17, 1860), British writer, was born in Dublin.
Her father, Denis Brownell Murphy (d. 1842), was a miniature and enamel painter. He moved to England in 1798 with his family, and eventually settled at Hanwell, near London.
At sixteen years of age, Anna became governess in the family of Charles Paulet, 13th Marquess of Winchester. In 1821 she was engaged to Robert Jameson. The engagement was broken off, and Anna Murphy accompanied a young pupil to Italy, writing in a fictitious character a narrative of what she saw and did. She gave this diary to a bookseller on condition of receiving a guitar if he secured any profits. Colburn ultimately published it as The Diary of an Ennuyée (1826), which attracted much attention. Anna Murphy was governess to the children of Edward Littleton, later know as Baron Hatherton, from 1821 to 1825, when she married Robert Jameson.
Read The Diary of an Ennuyée by Anna Brownell Jameson, free from Project Gutenberg.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Betty Carter (May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer who was renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style. Carter expanded the role of the vocalist in jazz, to a full, improvising member of the band. Although her voice was not as admired by the public as such vocalists as Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald, many consider her to have exercised mastery of the human voice previously unheard in jazz. Carmen McRae once claimed that "there's really only one jazz singer - only one: Betty Carter."
Watch Betty Carter perform "Cobbs Choice" with the great Lionel Hampton, free from youtube.com.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
L. Frank Baum circa 1901
Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856–May 6, 1919) was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books ever written in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works, and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.
Baum's childhood and early life
Frank was born in Chittenango, New York, into a devout Methodist family of German (father's side) and Scots-Irish (mother's side) origin, the seventh of nine children born to Cynthia Stanton and Benjamin Ward Baum, only five of whom survived into adulthood. He was named "Lyman" after his father's brother, but always disliked this name, and preferred to go by "Frank". His mother, Cynthia Stanton, was a direct descendant of Thomas Stanton, one of the four Founders of what is now Stonington, Connecticut.
Read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, one of 14 of his Oz books available free from literature.org.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Learn more about H.J.Heinz and his company by visiting its website.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Sholom Aleichem (March 2, 1859 – May 13, 1916), the pseudonym of Sholom Yakov Rabinowitz, whose name is actually a conventional Yiddish greeting meaning "Peace be with you," was born in the Ukraine to a wealthy father who was a religious scholar. At age 12 Sholom Aleichem's family met with hard times and a reversal of fortune, shortly after which his mother died of cholera. He began his writing career in the early 1880s when Jews in western Russia were coming increasingly under attack and the hateful word "pogrom" (an oftentimes governmentally dictated persecution or even massacre) became more and common. As a result of the increasingly frequent pogroms and the restrictive laws associated with them, Jews in Western Europe became increasingly dislocated.
Read "Reading Sholem Aleichem from Left to Right" by Prof. Jeffrey Shandler, free from the Sholem Aleichem Network.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
John Dryden, poet, dramatist, critic, and translator; b. 9 August, 1631, at Oldwinkle All Saints, Northamptonshire, England; d. at London, 30 April, 1700. He was the son of Erasmus Dryden (or Driden) and Mary Pickering, daughter of the Rev. Henry Pickering. Erasmus Dryden was the son of Sir Erasmus Dryden, and was a justice of the peace under Oliver Cromwell.
On both sides Dryden's family were of the Parliamentary party.
Read All for Love by John Dryden, one of 14 of his works available free from Project Gutenberg.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
JAMES BRYCE (May 10, 1838 - January 22, 1922), British jurist, historian and politician, son of James Bryce of Glasgow, who had a school in Belfast for many years, was born at Belfast, Ireland, on the 10th of May 1838. After going through the high school and university courses at Glasgow, he went to Trinity College, Oxford, and in 1862 was elected a fellow of Oriel.
He practised law in London for a few years, but he was soon called back to Oxford as professor of civil law (1870-1893). His reputation as a historian had been made as early as 1864 by his Holy Roman Empire. He was an ardent Liberal in politics, and in 1880 he was elected to parliament for the Tower Hamlets division of London; in 1885 he was returned for South Aberdeen, where he was reelected on succeeding occasions. His intellectual distinction and political industry made him a valuable member of the Liberal party.
Read William Ewart Gladstone by Viscount James Bryce Bryce, one of two of his works available free from Project Gutenberg.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Read Antoine Lavoisier's Memoir on the Nature of the Principle which Combines with Metals during their Calcination and which Increases their Weight, free from LeMoyne College.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Wife and political partner of President Juan Peron of Argentina. Born May 7, 1919, the youngest of five children, in the little village of Los Toldos in Buenos Aires province, Argentiina.Following the death of her father, the family moved to the larger nearby town of Junin, where her mother ran a boarding house. At the age of 16, Evita, as she was often affectionately called, left school and went to Buenos Aires with the dream of becoming an actress. Lacking any theatrical training, she obtained a few bit parts in motion pictures and on the radio, until she was finally employed on a regular basis with one of the larger radio stations in Buenos Aires.
Learn more about Eva Peron, free from the James Logan High School website.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
As a boy in Castellaneta, Italy, Rodolpho couldn't have anticipated the fame he would gain in America as Rudolph Valentino. The bi-lingual and intelligent Rodolpho enjoyed a comfortable, middle-class, and somewhat boring childhood punctuated with episodes of mischief. Rudy completed his studies at a nearby agricultural college, and with his mother's reluctant blessing set sail for America in 1913.
Watch Blood and Sand, a 61-minute, black and white, silent film from 1922 starring Rudolph Valentino as a bullfighter, free from LikeTelevision.com.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Soren Aaby Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher, the seventh child of a Jutland hosier, was born in Copenhagen on the 5th of May 1813.
As a boy he was delicate, precocious and morbid in temperament. He studied theology at the university of Copenhagen, where he graduated in 1840 with a treatise On Irony. For two years he travelled in Germany, and in 1842 settled finally in Copenhagen, where he died on the 11th of November 1855.
Read Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing by Sören Kierkegaard, free from religion-online.org.
Friday, May 04, 2007
His father was a farmer without enough money to pay for his son's education, and Horace was forced to obtain an education using his own resources. He earned his school-books when a child by braiding straw, and his frugal lifestyle taught him habits of self-reliance and independence.
Read The Educational Theory of Horace Mann, by Robert Badolato, free from newfoundations.com.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
He practiced law for a short time; but, in 1861, after two comparatively false starts in poetry and fiction, he made his first noteworthy appearance as a writer with a satire called The Season, which contained incisive lines, and was marked by some promise both in wit and observation.
Read six of Alfred Austin's sonnets, free from sonnets.org.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Read William Camden's Britannia, in English and Latin, free from the Philological Museum.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
General Mark Wayne Clark served as commander of United Nations (U.N). Forces in Korea from May 12, 1952, to October 7, 1953, and signed the Military Armistice Agreement on behalf of the U.N. Command with the North Korean Army and the Chinese People’s Volunteers at Munsan-ni, Korea, July 27, 1953.
The son of a career infantry officer, Clark was born in Madison Barracks, New York, and spent much of his youth in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, near Fort Sheridan. With the assistance of his aunt, Zettie Marshall (the mother of General George C. Marshall), Clark secured, at age 17, an early appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. A tall, lean, and often sickly youth, Clark failed to distinguish himself at West Point as either an athlete or scholar, graduating 110th in a class of 139 in 1917. Following graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the infantry. Severe health problems, which troubled him throughout his youth, caused him to be hospitalized and set him behind his classmates. Nevertheless, he was promoted to captain in August 1917, and saw action with the 11th Infantry in France, where he was wounded in action and later decorated for bravery.
Read a 1975 interview with General Mark Clark, by Richard Gilbert, and free from threemonkeysonline.com