Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

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Sir Henry Joseph Wood (3 March 1869 – 19 August 1944) was an English conductor best known for his association with London’s annual series of promenade concerts known as The Proms. In 1893 a new concert hall opened in London. The hall could seat over two thousand people and the sound quality was the best…… Continue reading Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

Of many great TV detectives have there ever been better than DCI Morse and DI Regan? The brilliant John Thaw somehow managed to convey the blokey, sexist, irascible Regan in The Sweeney and then turn on a sixpence to portray the intellectual, sensitive, irascible Morse in the series of the same name. The Sweeney was…… Continue reading On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

Publication Day in 1925 for The Great Gatsby

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First published by Scribner’s in April 1925, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, and…… Continue reading Publication Day in 1925 for The Great Gatsby

Long running musical opened on Broadway #OnThisDay in 1964

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On January 16th 1964, the musical “Hello, Dolly!” opened on Broadway beginning a run of 2,844 performances. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won…… Continue reading Long running musical opened on Broadway #OnThisDay in 1964

Born #OnThisDay in 1904 – photographer Cecil Beaton

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 Fashion photographer Portrait photographer War photographer Diarist Painter Interior designer Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE 14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980 Thanks for reading my blog today.

Metropolis premiered #OnThisDay in 1927

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Fritz Lang’s epic science-fiction drama, Metropolis, premiered in Berlin on 10 January 1927. The original cut of Metropolis has been lost and for decades only shorter versions of the film could be seen. However, over the years, various elements of footage have been rediscovered and in 2010 a new restoration was released on DVD and…… Continue reading Metropolis premiered #OnThisDay in 1927

Celebrate 5 amazing people born #OnThisDay

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What a great day January 8th is for celebrating the birth of these amazing people. 1. Born on January 8th 1947 in Brixton, London. 2. Born on January 8th 1942 in Oxford. 3. Born on January 8th 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff. 4. Born on January 8th 1924 in Tottenham, London. 5. Born on January…… Continue reading Celebrate 5 amazing people born #OnThisDay