Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these fabulous Arthur Rackham illustrations from the 1909 Charles and Mary Lamb “Tales of Shakespeare”. Romeo and Juliet image credit: Arthur Rackham [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Arthur Rackham was born in Lewisham in 1867. At the age of 17, he was sent on an ocean voyage to Australia to improve…… Continue reading Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these lovely illustrations.
Margaret Natalie Smith was born in Ilford, Essex on 28 December 1934. Now, eighty three years later, Maggie Smith is one of Britain’s most well known actors. Appearing in over fifty films, innumerable TV productions and countless stage performances, Dame Maggie Smith has dominated British drama for six decades. Maggie Smith first appeared on stage…… Continue reading #OnThisDay in 1934 Maggie Smith was born.
#OnThisDay in 1915 Francis Albert Sinatra was born. Of all the many Frank Sinatra Youtube videos, I think this is one of the best. For You https://youtu.be/5GpHZ1nTCcQ Thanks for reading my blog today.
Hermione Gingold was an English actress whose distinctive drawling, deep voice was a result of the nodes on her vocal cords she developed in the 1920s and early 1930s. https://youtu.be/8MHrLXUmlJ4 A successful child actress, Hermione Gingold went on to act in comedy, drama and experimental theatre as well as broadcasting on the radio. Her greatest…… Continue reading Celebrate the birth of Hermione Gingold #OnThisDay in 1897
Octavia Hill was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on 3rd December 1838. the eighth daughter of James Hill, a prosperous corn merchant and former banker. Read more about Octavia’s early life here. After her father was declared bankrupt and suffered mental health problems, Octavia, her mother and siblings re-located to Finchley, London. Read more about Octavia’s…… Continue reading 5 Portraits of Octavia Hill born #OnThisDay in 1838.
The stock market crashed just 20 days before Mickey Mouse was born on November 18th 1928. A cute little mouse, that could bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike, was probably just what was needed at such at uncertain time. If you’ve got half an hour to spare, join over 11 million…… Continue reading On This Day in 1928 Micky Mouse was born. #OnThisDay
Historians believe Shakespeare was born on 23rd April in 1564. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust explains why April 23rd is deemed to be Shakespeare’s birthday. The town of Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, has celebrated his birthday for over two hundred years on the nearest Saturday to 23rd April. Did Shakespeare have a birthday cake? Maybe…… Continue reading Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!