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Today In History. What Happened This Day In History? Here is what! Well, some of it anyway!


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
January 15

1624   Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed.
1811   In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida.
1865   Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
1913   The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated.
1919   Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.
1920   The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.
1920   The United States approves a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid in their war with the Russian communists.
1927   The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay.
1929   The U.S. Senate ratifies the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.
1930   Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.
1936   In London, Japan quits all naval disarmament talks after being denied equality.
1944   The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio.
1949   Chinese Communists occupy Tientsin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.
1965   Sir Winston Churchill suffers a severe stroke.
1967   Some 462 Yale faculty members call for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.
1973   US President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action by US troops in Vietnam.
1973   Four of six remaining Watergate defendants plead guilty.
1975   The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of independence and granting that country independence from Portugal.
1976   Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life in prison for her failed attempt to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.
1991   UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage for Operation Desert Storm.
1991   Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II approves Australia instituting its own Victoria Cross honors system, the first county in the British Commonwealth permitted to do so.
1992   Slovenia and Croatia’s independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is recognized by the international community.
2001   Wikipedia goes online.
Born on January 15
1622   Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French comic dramatist best remembered for his play La Tartuffe.
1716   Philip Livingston, signatory to the Declaration of Independence.
1823   Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer.
1906   Aristotle Onassis, Greek tycoon.
1908   Edward Teller, Hungarian-born U.S. physicist known as the “Father of the H-bomb.”
1929   Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1945   Princess Michael of Kent (Baroness Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz), married to Prince Michael of Kent, grandson of Britain’s King George V.
1948   Ronnie Van Zant, singer, songwriter; founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd band.
1982   Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia.

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today’s birthday: Sir Winston Churchill (1874)


Sir Winston Churchill (1874)

Churchill was prime minister of the UK during World War II and led the country through both its darkest and finest hours. He was a writer, artist, legislator, soldier, and one of the most influential leaders in modern history. After being appointed prime minister in 1940, he forged a strong alliance with the US and an uneasy one with the USSR. These alliances were two key factors in the defeat of the Axis Powers. A prolific painter, Churchill exhibited his art under what pseudonym? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Churchill Proposes Creation of Council of Europe (1946)


Churchill Proposes Creation of Council of Europe (1946)

After World War II, a strong revulsion to national rivalries developed in Europe. Speaking at the University of Zurich on September 19, 1946, Winston Churchill urged European states to establish a “United States of Europe,” and his speech helped spur the creation of the Council of Europe in 1949. The Council works to promote unity between its members, defend human rights, and increase social and economic progress. Today, it has 47 member nations. Which European states have not joined? More… Discuss

Vladimir Horowitz 1950 / Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 “Funeral March”: unique musical moments



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Vladimir Horowitz 1950 / Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 “Funeral March”

Vladimir Horowitz 1950
Chopin
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 “Funeral March”

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Chopin, 1835

Frédéric Chopin‘s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, popularly known as The Funeral March, was completed in 1839 at Nohant, near Châteauroux in France. However, the third movement, whence comes the sonata’s common nickname, had been composed as early as 1837.

The sonata comprises four movements:

  1. Grave – Doppio movimento

  2. Scherzo

  3. Marche funèbre: Lento

  4. Finale: Presto

Funeral march

As noted above, the third movement is structured as a funeral march played with a Lento interlude. While the term “funeral march” is perhaps a fitting description of the 3rd movement, complete with the Lento Interlude in D-flat major, the expression “Chopin’s Funeral March” is used commonly to describe only the funeral march proper (in B-flat minor).

It was transcribed for full orchestra in 1933 by the English composer Sir Edward Elgar (in D minor), and its first performance was at his own memorial concert the next year. It was also transcribed for large orchestra by the conductor Leopold Stokowski; this version was recorded for the first time by Matthias Bamert.

The emotive “funeral march” has become well known in popular culture. It was used at the state funerals of John F. Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher and those of Soviet leaders, including Leonid Brezhnev. It was also played in the funeral of the Spanish poet Miguel Hernández and at thegraveside during Chopin’s own burial at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.