On this day in 1940, sponsorship of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts by The Texas Company (Texaco) began with Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Born on this day in 1863 composer Pietro Mascagni
Born on this day in 1887 composer Ernst Toch
Born on this day in 1906 mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Höngen
Born on this day in 1927 contralto Helen Watts
Happy 66th birthday baritone Frederick Burchinal
Happy 64th birthday mezzo-soprano Kathleen Kuhlmann