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Silver bell

Born on this day in 1920 soprano Rita Streich with music for the holidays.  Read more »

Iron man

On this day in 1398 the Turkic conqueror Tamerlane captured and sacked Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies which included elephants. Read more »

“It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit”

Born on this day in 1899 composer, playwright and actor Noel Coward.  Read more »

Woman of the century

Happy 100th birthday soprano Hilde Zadek!

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Seine city

On this day in 1918 Puccini’s Il Trittico premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Mémoires en fuite

Happy 90th birthday actress Genevieve Page.

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“And maybe a candle”

>Happy 60th birthday playwright, actor, film director and (sort of) opera director Robert Lepage.

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Sing out, Lucille

On this day in 1960 the Cy Coleman musical Wildcat (Lucille Ball‘s only Broadway show) opened at the Alvin Theatre, to run 141 performances.

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If loving you is sarong I don’t want to to right

Born on this day in 1914 actress and singer Dorothy Lamour.

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“It would appear that I have tried everything except incest and folkdancing”

Born on this day in 1897 actress Hermione Gingold.

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