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Cultural Calendar October 28th, 2013

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Today is Monday, October 28, 2013. It is the 301st day of the year. There are 64 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Scorpio. Watch the sarcasm.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

In 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent on his cotton gin.

In 1858, Macy’s Department store opened in New York City.

In 1886, in New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty.

In 1893, Tchaikovsky conducts the premiere of his Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathetique, only nine days before his death.

In 1915, Richard Strauss conducted the first performance of his tone poem, Eine Alpensinfonie, in Berlin.

In 1954, N Richard Nash’ Rainmaker, premiered in New York City.

In 1954, Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel prize for literature.

In 1959, Jean Genet’s Les Nigres, premiered in Paris.

In 1961, “Fiorello!” closed at the Broadhurst Theater New York City after 796 performances.

In 1965, construction on the 630 foot high Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen, was completed in St. Louis.

In 1971, John and Yoko recorded Happy Xmas (War is Over) in New York City.

In 2011, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater reopened after a six-year renovation, restoring it to it’s pre-Soviet opulence.

PEOPLE WERE BORN ON THIS DAY

Edith Head, American costume designer in 1897. Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress, in 1902. Evelyn Waugh, English author and journalist, in 1903. Francis Bacon, Irish painter, in 1909. Cleo Laine, British singer and actress, in 1927. Joan Plowright, English actress, in 1929. Suzy Parker, American model and actress, in 1932. Jane Alexander, American actress, in 1939. Andy Bey, American singer and pianist, in 1939. Telma Hopkins, American singer and actress, in 1948. Bruce Jenner, American decathlete and actor, in 1948. Tracy Reed, American actress, in 1949. Annie Potts, American actress, in 1952. Daphne Zuniga, American actress, in 1962. Julia Roberts, American actress, in 1967. Brad Paisley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, in 1972. Joaquin Phoenix, American actor, in 1974. And, Frank Ocean, American singer-songwriter, in 1987.

 

PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY

Ted Hughes, English poet, in 1998. Porter Wagoner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, in 2007. James MacArthur, American actor, in 2010.

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Chris Wells

CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.

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