Tag Archives: 20th century

String Quintet in E Major Op. 11 #5 (Minuet) by Boccherini


String Quintet in E Major Op. 11 #5 (Minuet) by Boccherini

 

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: DISCOVERY OF PILTDOWN MAN ANNOUNCED (1912)


Discovery of Piltdown Man Announced (1912)

In the early 20th-century, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announced that a fossilized skull belonging to a previously unknown species of prehistoric man had been found in Piltdown, England. It took 40 years to definitively determine that the skull was not that of a primitive hominid but rather a fake constructed from a human cranium and the jawbone of an ape. The perpetrator of the hoax has never been identified, though many have fallen under suspicion, including what famous author? More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: EZRA POUND (1885)


Ezra Pound (1885)

A major shaper of 20th-century poetry, Pound was one of the most famous and controversial modern literary figures—praised as a subtle and complex poet, dismissed as a naive egotist and pedant, and condemned as a traitor and reactionary. He was a founder of the imagist poetry movement, an editor of several periodicals, and a mentor to many noted writers of his day. Arrested for treason in 1945, he was deemed insane and committed. What did he write during his 12 years in a US mental institutionMore… Discuss

Find out more about Pound as a Haiku Poet HERE

 

Shackleton: From EpicFail to TrulyEpic



Sometimes it takes epic failure to reach history-making victory. Find out how famed 20th-century explorer Ernest Shackleton achieved success despite three doomed voyages to Antarctica.

Read more about failure—and why it’s important—in the September 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine:http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/201….