Today is Sunday, January 25th, 2015. It is the 25th day of the year, there are 340 days remaining until the end of the year. We are in the sign of Aquarius – some call you a visionary, some call you insane.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
The city of Sao Paolo, Brazil was founded on this day in 1554.
In 1858, The Wedding March by Felix Mendelsohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter to Friedrich of Prussia becoming the standard wedding recessional for many generations.
In 1890, Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.
In 1909, Richard Strauss’s opera, Elektra, received its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.
In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call, from New York to San Francisco.
In 1937, The Guiding Light debuted on NBC radio in Chicago. The show moved to CBS television in 1952, where it remained on the air until Sept. 2009.
In 1947, Thomas Goldsmith, Jr. filed a patent for a Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device, the first-ever electronic game.
In 1949 the first Emmy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
And on this day in 1998, Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice, was engaged to soccer player David Beckham.
PEOPLE ARE BORN ON THIS DAY
Author W. Somerset Maugham in 1874. Virginia Woolf in 1882. Singer dancer actress Florence Mills in 1896. Actor Dean Jones in 1931 and, the late, great, Etta James was born on this day in 1938.
PEOPLE DIED ON THIS DAY
Actress Ava Gardner in 1990. And, Jonathan Larson, creator of RENT, in 1996.
THINGS GOING ON ABOUT TOWN
Kim Katzberg and Nora Woolley are appearing at this month’s SHOWGASM at Ars Nova, this Wednesday, January 28th at 8pm. It’s a raucous variety show meets pop-up party. Visit ArsNova.com for details.
Our pal, Idgy Dean, will be performing her tribal electronic rock music this Thursday at Rockwood Music Hall at 196 Allen Street and the show is at 10pm.
And, Deb Castellano from the Secret City Singers, is doing a one-night-only live special called “Deb’s Brain: The Show,” featuring music and other silliness. That’s Sunday, Feb 8th, 5:30-6:30at Under St. Mark’s. See Deb, or DebsBrain.com for info–or if you want to be in it!