did composer Maurice Ravel do for harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler?
— In his
will Ravel stipulated that Adler (1914-2001) could perform Bolero
without ever paying royalties.
communication tool was invented by Ray Tomlinson in 1971?
was Marie Grosholtz often to be seen at the foot of the guillotine
during The Terror?
becoming famous in England as Madame Tussaud (1761-1850), she used to
attend executions and take death masks from the severed heads.
did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and William Carlos Williams
(1883-1963) have in common?
only were they poets, they were also scientists. Williams was a
practising physician and Goethe a botanist and comparative anatomist.
jazz musician had the given names "Woodrow Charles"?
Herman, bandleader and clarinettist (1913-87).
was Chunee doing with 152 balls?
Trying to avoid them. Chunee, an elephant, was the star attraction at
Edward Cross' Menagerie in London. In February 1826 he became
unmanageable and tried to break out of his cage. It required 152 balls
of ammunition, a small cannon and a harpoon to kill him. The carcass was
then skinned by nine butchers, and the viscera excised by a group of
surgeons. This took all day, and by the time they'd finished the 10,000
pounds of elephant remains had created a nauseating stench in the
district, all-pervasive and all too long-lasting.
did Thomas Alva Edison do for his insomnia?
Believing that insomnia is caused by the donning and doffing of one's
clothes, he often slept fully dressed.
harpsichordist was executed in 1536?
Smeaton, court harpsichordist and dancer. Henry VIII had him put to
death for adultery with Anne Boleyn. In fact, some have suggested that
he was the father of Elizabeth I.
9. Why is
the military tank so called?
Developed by the British during World War I, the armoured vehicle was so
secret that it was publicly referred to as a water cistern being made
for Russian factories. Hence the name, which has been with us ever
Australian singer was one of the original sixteen distinguished soloists
for whom Vaughan Williams in 1938 composed his Serenade to Music?
Baritone Harold Williams (1893-1976).