The Duke

On 26, May, 1907, John Wayne was born in Iowa. He would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most recognized actors. Forced to drop out of college after an injury preventing his further participation …

A Television Event

16 April marks the day in 1978 on which the 4 part miniseries, ‘HOLOCAUST’, premiered on American television.  The nine and a half hour drama focused on two families, one Jewish, which is slowly disintegrated …

Wanderer and Writer

28 March, marks the birthday of Russian literary figure, Maxim Gorky, in 1868 in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow. Upon the death of his father, Gorky was put in the care of his …

Dairy Farmer’s Daughter

6 March, marks the day that artist Georgia O’Keeffe, died in 1986. She was born in 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and attended High School in Madison. She began work as a commercial artist in …

Colors

25 February, marks the death of artist Mark Rothko in 1970. Rothko was born in Imperial Russia to a Jewish family. Rothko’s father, fearing the brutality and rampant anti-Semitism of pre-revolutionary Russia, fled to the …

Straight, No Chaser

17 February marks the day in 1982 that Jazz musician Thelonious Monk, died. Monk, composed less than 100 pieces, yet is the second greatest selling Jazz artist, coming in behind Duke Ellington, who composed over …

He Sang a Song of Freedom

21 January marks the birthday of Richie Havens. The son of a Blackfoot Indian and West Indian African, Havens grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Scheduled as the first performer at the Woodstock music festival, Havens …

Happy Days

15 January marks the debut of the television series, ‘HAPPY DAYS’ in 1974, which would remain on the air for 10 years. The program centered on the life and love of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, high school …