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Category Archives: On This Day

Happy 99th Birthday Sir Laurence Olivier | Waldina

NAME: Laurence Olivier OCCUPATION: Filmmaker, Actor BIRTH DATE: May 22, 1907 DEATH DATE: July 11, 1989 EDUCATION: Central School of Speech and Drama, St. Edward’s School, All Saints Choir Sch… … Continue reading

05/22/2016 · Leave a comment

7 Sensational Sites for Eliza Doolittle Day

‘One evening the King will say ‘Oh, Liza, old thing, I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May, I proclaim Liza Doolittle … Continue reading

05/20/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 86th Birthday Lorraine Hansberry

NAME: Lorraine Hansberry OCCUPATION: Playwright BIRTH DATE: May 19, 1930 DEATH DATE: January 12, 1965 EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin, Art Institute of Chicago, Roosevelt University New School ,… Source: Happy … Continue reading

05/19/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 120th Birthday Frank Capra | Waldina

Today is the 120th birthday of the man who directed unarguably some of the classic of classic films from the golden age of Hollywood:  Frank Capra.  With a Capra film, … Continue reading

05/18/2016 · 2 Comments

Oona O’Neill Chaplin. Behind Every Great Man…

… There is a Great Woman. One such woman, Oona O’Neill, was born on the 14 of May 1925,  in Warwick Parish, Bermuda, to talented parents, the prize-winning playwright Eugene … Continue reading

05/14/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up my white tie. Dancin’ in my tails…

I just put my feet in the air and move them around. Fred Astaire Source: Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up … Continue reading

05/10/2016 · 2 Comments

Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho and the Question of Madness

On the 29th of April 1980, Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock died aged 80 in Bel Air, California. Justifiably crowned with the title of the master of suspense, he produced and … Continue reading

04/29/2016 · 3 Comments

April 28, 1874: Sardine in Honorable Tin Can | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Following the death of Warner Oland, who had successfully brought the character of Charlie Chan to the screen in 16 films, Twentieth Century Fox began the search for a new … Continue reading

04/28/2016 · 2 Comments

Shakespeare 400: Was Shakespeare Italian and born in Italy? | e-Tinkerbell

William Shakespeare is the emblem of English literature for sure, but, you know, every time I read his works he seems so familiar to me, so Italian. This is not … Continue reading

04/23/2016 · 3 Comments

Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62 – BBC News

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist says Source: Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62 – BBC News

04/20/2016 · 4 Comments

“Shakespeare’s own play-house” (The Globe) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1644, “The Globe” was demolished by order of the Puritan City authorities (and the site redeveloped by Sir Matthew Brand or Brend). The play-house had originally … Continue reading

04/15/2016 · 2 Comments

The French Connection wins the Academy Award | If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

April 10th 1972 The French Connection wins the Academy Award for best picture of 1971. The Library of Congress wasn’t wrong to include The French Connection into its registry as … Continue reading

04/10/2016 · Leave a comment

April 4, 1914: Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

The Perils of Pauline, one of the earliest American movie serials and a classic example of the damsel in distress genre, premiered in Los Angeles on April 4,1914. Every week … Continue reading

04/04/2016 · 2 Comments

On this day… Scottish Opera Singer Mary Gordon

World-renowned Scottish opera singer Mary Garden poses in costume as Méĺisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Méĺisande. 4th April,1908. Source: On this day…

04/04/2016 · Leave a comment

April 1, 1903: The Tenor Nose

Fabrio Abruzzi was born in a village near Milan in 1883. The Abruzzi family was quite poor with Fabrio’s father cobbling together their existence as a shoemaker. Almost from the … Continue reading

04/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Shakespeare buys a house in Blackfriars (1613) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1613, according to the surviving Deed of Conveyance (*), William Shakespeare bought for £140 a “dwelling house or Tenement with th’appurtenaunces situate and being within the … Continue reading

03/10/2016 · Leave a comment

Disaster at Drury Lane | London Historians’ Blog

On this day in 1809, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane was destroyed by fire. Theatres were always burning down, so nothing really unusual in fact. What made this conflagration different, is the … Continue reading

02/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 117th Birthday Ramón Novarro | Waldina

Name: José Ramón Gil Samaniego Born: February 6, 1899 Durango, Mexico Died: October 30, 1968 (aged 69) North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Cause of death: Asphyxiation Resting place: Calvary Cemetery Navarro … Continue reading

02/06/2016 · Leave a comment

‘Damn fine actor’ Frank Finlay dies at 89

Star of The Three Musketeers, Othello and Bouquet of Barbed Wire died from heart failure at his home, surrounded by family The family of Frank Finlay has remembered him as … Continue reading

02/01/2016 · 6 Comments

On this day: the death of Carole Lombard | In Times Gone By…

Carole Lombard, one of the 1930s most significant film actresses, was killed in a plane crash in Nevada, USA on the 16th of January, 1942. She was thirty-three at the … Continue reading

01/16/2016 · 1 Comment

Alan Rickman, giant of British film and theatre, dies at 69 | Film | The Guardian

Sad news. Again, like Bowie, he was only 69. Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London … Continue reading

01/14/2016 · 2 Comments

January 13, 1887: Some of These Days | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in Russia on January 13, 1887, “the Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker immigrated to the United States as an infant and began her long career shortly … Continue reading

01/13/2016 · Leave a comment

On this day: Ballet in 1937

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
Danish ballerina Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka at the Theatre Royal. Australia, 11th January 1937. Kirsova created Australia’s first professional ballet company. Source

01/10/2016 · 2 Comments

Happy 116th Birthday Humphrey Bogart | Waldina

Hailed by many as the greatest male movie star of all time, Humphrey Bogart was born in New York on December 25, 1899. Bogart, whose surname comes from the Dutch … Continue reading

12/26/2015 · 3 Comments

On This Day • Jean Racine Born in 1639

“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” ― Jean Racine On this day in 1639 the French playwright, Jean Racine, was born. He … Continue reading

12/21/2015 · Leave a comment

December 1930: the Moscow execution of Ukrainian musicians | In Times Gone By…

Originally posted on First Night History:
In December 1930, 337 Ukrainian musicians were executed in Russia in an attempt to eliminate Ukrainian culture. Some historians place the date of the execution…

12/21/2015 · Leave a comment

Édith Piaf in 1962 • Chanteuse Extraordinaire • Centenary

In remembrance of the matchless Édith Piaf — ‘Le Petit Oiseau’ or ‘The Little Sparrow — who was born on this day in 1915. Édith Piaf [19 December 1915 – 11 October … Continue reading

12/19/2015 · Leave a comment

Armin Mueller-Stahl is 85 Today

Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of my favourite actors so I could not let the day pass without acknowledging his birthday. Armin Mueller-Stahl was born in Tilsit, East Prussia (now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad … Continue reading

12/17/2015 · Leave a comment

November 25 in Literary History: The Mousetrap Opens in London

1952: Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, having had its world première at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on 6 October 1952. Now, over sixty years later, … Continue reading

11/25/2015 · 1 Comment

On this day: Sarah Booth’s Covent Garden Debut

Famous English actress Sarah Booth made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on the 23rd of November, 1810. She played Amanthis in the play Child of Nature… … Continue reading

11/23/2015 · Leave a comment