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Pleased eightieth Birthday to The Kinks co-founder and frontman Ray Davies. Considered one of the vital influential British songwriters, Davies wrote the 1964 No.1 hit You Actually Bought Me, together with All Day and All the Night time, and Victoria. Within the subsequent two years, he wrote Set Me Free and Sunny Afternoon—and, later, Lola (“She walked like a girl and talked like a person”), Apeman, Celluloid Heroes, and Come Dancing. With 4 Gold Albums The Kinks catalogue has bought over 50 million information worldwide. READ extra and watch an interview… (1944)

2008 picture by Benoit Aubry, CC license

Davies was knighted in 2017 for providers to the humanities, has written for performs and musicals, and is the writer of X-Ray, his autobiography, in addition to a guide of brief tales entitled Waterloo Sundown. He has additionally made three movies, together with a 1991 documentary on Charles Mingus referred to as Bizarre Nightmare. 

Since The Kinks disbanded in 1996, Sir Ray has launched six solo albums, his newest in 2017, referred to as Americana, based mostly on his experiences within the US, and his 2013 biographical guide Americana.


MORE Good Information on this Day:

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia was based (1749)
  • The primary Structure of its type in human historical past was established because the supreme legislation of the US when New Hampshire turned the ninth state to ratify it, after it was drafted one 12 months earlier in Philadelphia (1788)
  • Columbia Data launched the LP (long-playing report album) in a public demonstration on the Waldorf-Astoria Resort in New York Metropolis (1948)
  • The Supreme Courtroom dominated that Individuals are free to burn the nation’s flag underneath the safety of the First Modification (1989)
  • Jean Michel Jarre performed a charity live performance in Katowice, Poland for deaf and hearing-impaired youngsters as a part of his Oxygene Tour, with proceeds going towards construct a therapeutic heart for deaf youngsters close to Warsaw the place a plaque now bears the French musician’s title (1997)
  • The United Kingdom’s legislation in opposition to homosexuality – Part 28 – was repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote (2000)
  • SpaceShipOne turned the primary privately funded spacecraft to realize spaceflight (2004)
  • The primary Worldwide Yoga Day was celebrated, led by the yoga-loving Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2015)

Pleased forty first Birthday to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, a person who selected to dwell a lifetime of everlasting prosecution by his house authorities, relatively than protecting a robust lie secret. His revelations of the world’s largest knowledge assortment, surveillance, and storage equipment deep within the bowels of the Nationwide Safety Company shocked the world. Amongst different issues, it spurred a motion to demand extra privateness and transparency. 

Edward Snowden – CC 3.0. Laura Poitras / Praxis Movies

The highly effective lie was simply that—not a reality revealed to the enemy, as Snowden’s detractors claimed. The Director of Nationwide Intelligence (the best intel place within the nation) on the time of Snowden’s revelations, James Clapper, had gone earlier than Congressional testimony and mentioned outrightly to elected U.S. representatives that there was no mass knowledge assortment and storage happening.

In fact, the surveillance was a lot better than the mere monitoring of cellphone calls. Snowden revealed that main telecom firms and system producers had been brazenly in cooperation with the intelligence businesses, offering backdoors for presidency spying packages to watch and accumulate knowledge from e mail, textual content messages, cellphone calls, and even net cameras. Moreover, the NSA had been allotted a complete of $52 billion in taxpayer {dollars} for this system, and far of it was paid to firms like Apple and Verizon.

The spying reportedly prolonged past US borders to cowl on a regular basis conversations of allied leaders like German chancellor Angela Merkel and people in 35 different nations together with Brazil, Mexico, France, and Britain.

“I don’t wish to dwell in a world the place the whole lot I do and say is recorded,” Snowden, who had sought political asylum in Russia. “My sole motive is to tell the general public as to that which is finished of their title and that which is finished in opposition to them.”

Regardless of numerous makes an attempt to depict Snowden’s whistle-blowing as irresponsible and harmful, branding him a traitor to the nation, the US did, actually, lose a federal court docket case—United States vs Moalin the place it was dominated that mass surveillance was unlawful and unconstitutional. (1983)

156 years in the past right this moment, the longest commonly-performed opera, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, “The Grasp-Singers of Nuremberg,” debuted on the Bavarian State Opera. At four-and-a-half hours, (5h50m with breaks) this comedy written by Richard Wagner is an endurance check for all these concerned, singers, musicians, and viewers members. For individuals who make it via to the tip, they are going to little question go away with extraordinarily fond recollections of most of the characters and scenes that dance like wooden nymphs via a ridiculous storyline of a singing competitors within the Renaissance.  

The setting of the ultimate scene of the Metropolitan Opera’s manufacturing of Die Meistersinger

The story revolves across the metropolis’s guild of Meistersinger (Grasp Singers), an affiliation of novice poets and musicians who had been primarily grasp craftsmen of varied trades. The competition held within the metropolis to decide on the Mastersinger, this 12 months, includes profitable the hand of Eva Pogner, an exquisite younger girl, in marriage.

A younger knight named Walther turns into infatuated with Eva and makes an attempt to enter the competition after arriving from Franconia, which via lengthy difficulties he is ready to do due to the assistance of the city cobbler, Hans Sachs. Sachs is definitely a historic determine, and within the opera turns into kind of an important and seen character, regardless of not being the protagonist.

It was probably the most instantly acclaimed Wagner opera when it was launched. It’s also his solely critical effort at comedy and contained all the weather he tended to detest in opera like aria and ballet. Some have accused the opera of being loaded with all the weather of nationalism that led to the rise of the Nazi social gathering, however different critics have mentioned it’s simply one other sufferer of the over-analyzing of the whole lot that preceded the rise of the Third Reich. Actually if the Nazis had turn out to be simply one other political social gathering, it will be nearly unimaginable to differentiate the German patriotism within the opera, from that of every other type of patriotic artwork from the interval. (1868)


Pleased forty third Birthday to Brandon Flowers, the sensible singer-songwriter who joined a brand new band referred to as The Killers after answering a newspaper advert. The band launched 5 consecutive chart-topping studio albums between 2003 and 2017, promoting over 22 million information worldwide.

The keyboardist, who’s a religious Mormon, mentioned rising up in Las Vegas—Sin Metropolis—helped put together him for the world of rock and roll.

Flowers launched two solo LPs, together with the 2010 gold album Flamingo. He wrote the lyrics to All These Issues That I’ve Finished with its standard chorus ‘I Bought Soul, However I’m Not A Soldier’, which earned The Killers’ one among 7 Grammy nominations for his or her 2004 debut LP.

He additionally wrote the 2017 Killers chart-topping single The Man, in addition to Mr. Brightside, which holds the report for many weeks spent on the UK Singles Chart (5 years or 260 weeks and counting). Their second LP Sam’s City, about youth and household, was in comparison with Springsteen’s Born to Run—one among Brandon’s musical idols. Through the pandemic, the 2 teamed up remotely to do a canopy of Dustland. WATCH their unbelievable collab…. (1981)

– Picture by Raph_PH, CC license  (You possibly can learn the lyrics to Dustland Fairytale by clicking present extra underneath the video.)


Pleased 57th Birthday to eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The pc geek entrepreneur turned a billionaire at age 31 when the corporate’s inventory was supplied on the market to the general public three years after the primary eBay public sale in 1995.

Omidyar and his spouse Pamela are well-known philanthropists via their Omidyar Community, and the son of Iranian immigrant mother and father has concerned himself in on-line journalism as the top of investigative reporting and public affairs for his personal information service, the Honolulu Civil Beat. (1967)

And, on this present day in 1893, the primary Ferris wheel premiered. Designed and constructed by George Ferris Jr. for an exposition in Chicago, the amusement journey measured 264-feet tall (80m) and was meant to rival the Eiffel Tower, centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition. (1893)

A technological advance based mostly on the three picket wheels at Asbury Park, Atlantic Metropolis, and Coney Island, NY (constructed the prior 12 months by William Somers), the Ferris wheel rotated on a 71-ton axle with two 16-foot-diameter cast-iron spiders weighing 53,031 kilos.

On this present day 9 years in the past, Apple Music reversed its coverage on paying musicians, someday after Taylor Swift mentioned she was refusing to permit streaming of her newest album 1989.

Taylor Swift - CC-Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer
Picture by Eva Rinaldi Movie star and Reside Music Photographer, CC license

In an open letter to Apple, Swift mentioned she was sad with the three-month free trial supplied to subscribers, saying “We don’t ask you at no cost iPhones. Please don’t ask us to offer you our music for no compensation.” Apple now pays artists for music streamed throughout trial durations. (2015)



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