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Monday, June 27, 2016

June 28 On This Day - Happy Birthday, Mary!

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Today is my sister Mary's birthday. Mary is a writer too, though mostly articles. She has been published in newspapers and magazines over the years and once got a prize in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards for crime fiction. 

Here are some people with whom you share a birthday, Mary, and some events that happened On This Day over the centuries.

Oh, and by the way, here's a link to an article written by Eleanor Roosevelt on the day you were born: 

Popular film of the year was Easter Parade

On This Day: 

Two coronations in England

1461 – Edward IV - and Wars Of The Roses continue.

1838 – Queen Victoria

Two artsy things: 

1841 – The Paris Opera Ballet premieres Giselle. Lovely ballet! I've seen in several times and I saw the Paris Opera Ballet when they were in Melbourne, as a birthday present from Mary's best friend.

1846 – Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone - and gives us a wonderful jazz instrument! 

1880 –  Ned Kelly is captured at Glenrowan. Had to have something Aussie. 

1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo, starting World War I. It nearly didn't happen. They went the wrong way in the car and the despairing assassin saw them. 


1491 – Henry VIII of England. I can't leave him out of the list. Besides, he composed a bit, played music, sang, danced, wrote some lyrics. Pity about the wives. 

1577 – Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish painter; he painted a lot of large ladies, giving rise to the term "Rubenesque"

1734 – Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French organist and composer. I have some Charpentier music on CD. Lovely!

1867 – Luigi Pirandello, Italian author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate. 

1891 - Esther Forbes, children's writer. Author of Johnny Tremain(made into a Disney movie)

1902 – Richard Rodgers, American playwright and composer. Half of the team Rodgers and Hammerstein, of course. Do I need to list their amazing musicals for you? 

1926 – Mel Brooks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Did a lot of very funny films and responsible for that classic, Get Smart. 1946 – Robert Asprin, American author, who did all those "Myth" fantasy novels, full of puns. I have read about two. I think my sister may have read the lot. 

Well, that's it for June 28th. Happy birthday, Mary!

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