Well, it's late in the day of January 27, but here are some birthdays:
1756 -- Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.
1832 -- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire, England. This animation is stupid & creepy, but the voice is really Carroll.
1930 -- Bobby "Blue" Bland, blues and soul singer, was born in Rosemark, Tennessee
1948 -- Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, was born in Riga (now independent Latvia).
(very hard to find a decent-quality video of Baryshnikov on youtube!)
Isn't it great?! And lovely thoughts and wishes from Cheery, Tod, Kerouac, and Mick as well -- lovely people who keep this forum interesting and fun.
Any Port is blessed with a really varied group of lively minds and talents. Thanks to all of you.
There's no such thing as "just" a new boy, Mick. Every new person adds to and enhances this forum, as you have well proved. So please, everyone -- if you have the opportunity and are so inclined, publicize the Port!
February 12 ~~ 1809, Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England. 1870, Women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote. 1909, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York. 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.
(I have to recount the story of how after Hurricane Katrina,one of our more illustrious city council members,(now up for 13 counts of bribery and malfeasance)....she went to introduce Irma Thomas at a benefit concert,and introduced her as "the one,the only,the incomprehensible,Irma Thomas!". I am still snorking at the recall of it...... ,the look on Irma's face was priceless,trying so hard to be as graceful and poised as she always is,that was a tough one!!!!).