Daily Archives: October 12, 2012

The Towering Inferno Soundtrack Suite (John Williams)


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John Williams – Happy Birthday Variations


The health hazards of tablet use


STRAVINSKY Divertimento (complete) Itzhak Perlman, Bruno Canino, 1974


quotation: Cervantes on hurting the defenseless


It ill becomes you to assail one who cannot defend himself.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. (1710)


Today’s Birthday: 

Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. (1710)

The only colonial governor to side with the colonists in the American Revolution, Trumbull made Connecticut a principal source of supplies for the Continental army. It is said that the name “Brother Jonathan,” a humorous designation for the American people collectively, arose from an affectionate nickname George Washington gave to Trumbull during the war. How did Trumbull reply to a request for assistance from British General Thomas Gage after the Battles of Lexington and ConcordMore… Discuss

This Day inthe Yesteryear: MARGARET THATCHER ESCAPES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT (1984)


Margaret Thatcher Escapes Assassination Attempt (1984)

In 1984, five people were killed and over 30 injured when a bomb tore through a hotel in Brighton, England, where Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were staying for a conference. The bomb had been planted weeks earlier by a Provisional Irish Republican Army operative. Though Thatcher’s suite was damaged, she was uninjured. She attended the conference that morning as scheduled, and her popularity soared. How did attendee

FORGET GOLD, PLANET WHOSE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH DIAMONDS


Forget Gold, Planet Whose Streets Are Paved with Diamonds

Astronomers believe that a planet 40 light years away in theconstellation of Cancer could be a “diamond planet.” Discovered in 2004 orbiting a sun-like star55 Cancri e has been the focus of much study, and recent analysis indicates that it is likely composed largely of carbon, in the form of diamond and graphite, rather than water and granite. The planet is eight times more massive than Earth, and about three Earth masses worth could be made of diamond. More… Discuss

THE SOCIALITE SERIAL KILLER


The Socialite Serial Killer

According to New Orleans legend, socialite Delphine LaLaurie was a serial killer who tortured and murdered slaves in her home. Though the more gruesome accounts of her activities remain unverified, her cruelty was documented in at least one instance. In April of 1834, a fire at her mansion led to the discovery of seven slaves chained together inside, mutilated but alive. LaLaurie is said to have escaped to Paris. Which Hollywood actor later bought the LaLaurie house, then lost it? More…Discuss