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September 20th: Matches, Hatches, Dispatches
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September 20th was a day to remember for a man who first came to public prominence in "Beyond the Fringe" in 1961 before further success came with "Not Only ... But Also". A move to Hollywood beckoned and with a performance in Blake Edwards' "10" in 1979, super-stardom came. On this day in 1975 he married the Hollywood actress Tuesday Weld. Who was he?
On this day in 1486 was born a prince who was the eldest son of a king of England, the elder brother of a future king of England and the husband of a future queen of England. Sadly, he died at the tender age of fifteen and was never able to claim the crown for himself. Who was this young prince whose father started a brief dynasty that significantly changed English history?
John of Gaunt
This man's achievements as a linguist are considerable, including the "Deutsches Wörterbuch", the German equivalent of the "Oxford English Dictionary". However, it is as a collector of fairy tales that this man's name is best known. Working with his brother on most of his projects, he brought "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Rumplestiltskin" to popular attention. Who was this man that died on September 20th, 1864?
Hans Christian Andersen
James Dewar, who was born on this day in 1842, was a clever man. His great invention still sometimes bears his name but is more commonly known by the name of the German company who produced the first commercial version in 1904. A container that maintains the temperature of its liquid contents by being surrounded by a cavity that is emptied of air, by what name is Dewar's invention best known?
Jean Sibelius, who died on this day in 1957, was a key figure in 20th century orchestral composition. He also played an instrumental role in the development of his nation's national identity. His symphonies were often inspired by his nation's literature and folk tales and the work for which he is best known was a musical tableau representing his nation's history and a protest against the oppression of Russian rule. What was the name of this piece?
September 20th had been a happy day for Lithuanian-born Asa Yoelson. On that date in 1907, he married dancer Henrietta Keller. Sadly, their marriage was to end in divorce before he gained his place in film history as the first man to speak dialogue in a full-length motion picture. By what name was Asa better known?
Though his namesake author might be better known, this naval officer has his own place in British popular culture. As Lord Nelson lay dying on the deck of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, he allegedly asked this first officer to kiss him (although many suspect that the actual word he used was the more fatalistic "kismet"). Who was the officer, who died on September 20th, 1839, to which this remark was directed?
Born on September 20th, 1885, Ferdinand LaMothe was an early and crucial pioneer in the world of jazz. A pianist and composer of such jazz standards as "Wolverine Blues" and "Black Bottom Stomp", his was the first jazz tune to be published as sheet music. This first publication shared its title with part of his stage name, which was what?
Jelly Roll Morton
Blind John Davis
September 20th, 1947, saw the death of a politician who had been, up until just two years previously, the mayor of New York City. His 11 year stint in the job saw a huge amount of investment in public housing and public spaces and a revitalisation of the city. His popularity was such that a new airport built in the city during his tenure was named after him. Who was he?
Fiorello La Guardia
John F Kennedy
John P. O'Brien
To end the quiz, the second most glamorous woman born on this day. In 1934, she came into the world in Rome, Italy and embarked on an acting career that would bring fame, fortune and awards by the busload. In 1962, she became the first actress to win an Oscar for a non-English speaking role in "Two Women" before landing starring roles in Hollywood epics such as "El Cid" and "The Fall of the Roman Empire". Who was this screen siren?
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Compiled Jan 01 13