Nikolai Miaskovsky (1881-1950)
Lionel Hampton (1908-2002)
Christopher Robinson (1936)
John Eliot Gardiner (1943)
Robert Kyr (1952)
Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)
Harold Lloyd (1893-1971)
Joan Miró (1893-1983)
From the Writer's Almanac:
was on this day in 1939 that Billie Holiday recorded the song "Strange
Fruit," which describes the lynching of a black man in the South. The
song began as a poem written not by Holiday, but by a Jewish
schoolteacher from the Bronx named Abel Meeropol (using the pseudonym
Lewis Allan) who was deeply disturbed by a picture he saw of a lynching.
Meeropol set the song to music with his wife, Laura, and performed it
at venues in New York City. (Meeropol and his wife are also noteworthy
for adopting the orphaned Rosenberg children, Robert and Michael, after
their parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed for
met Meeropol through a connection at a nightclub in Greenwich Village.
She wanted to record the song, but her record label refused to produce
something so graphic and she was forced to record it on an alternative
And from the Composers Datebook:
On this day in 1928, in Paris, the first public demonstration of an electronic instrument invented by Maurice Martenot called the "Ondes musicales" took place. The instrument later came to be called the "Ondes Martenot," and was included in scores by Milhaud, Messiaen, Jolivet, Ibert, Honegger, Florent Schmitt and other 20th century composers.