In the afternoon there was a dinner at which tediously predictable worthies of New York — John A. Dix, Horace Greeley, and a divine or two — gave speeches. At the close of the tributes, Grant rose and, as he had done in St. Louis more than a year earlier, gave the speech which was to become his trademark. The New York Times report included the response of his audience: ‘I rise only to say I do not intend to say anything. [Laughter] I thank you for your kind words and your hearty welcome. [Applause].’
—Ulysses Grant had a “perfect speech” that he used on several occasions beginning in 1865. From Grant: A Biography (1982), by William S. McFeely:
A set of prints depicting famous Western inventors and scholars which seem to have been produced by the Japanese Department of Education. It was around 1873, when Japan was undergoing rapid, government-sponsored westernization. They all depict problems and disapproval for the luminaries. The accompanying text, however, reveals that each was successful in the end. Perhaps to encourage perserverence in the next generation of Japanese?
Rough translation of the print above: “the American celebrity Audubon’s important travel documents that he had been copying and gave to relatives for safekeeping were eaten by mice. He was extremely sad but tried again, and after just three years, his boxes were once more full of paper.”
The first six Moghul Emperors of India ruled in an unbroken succession from father to son for nearly 200 years, from 1526 to 1707, a remarkable feat considering that there was no tradition of primogeniture and there was often a bloody contest for the throne.
The Tony Awards are the awards for Broadway — aka musicals.
- In the first two years the Tonys were presented in 1947 and 1948, the ceremony began with a 9 p.m. dinner at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, followed by dancing. Anyone could attend (it cost $7 for a ticket)
- Most nominated production in Tony history: The Producers, which earned 15 nominations in 2011.
- In 1960, two musicals tied for Best Musical for the only time (Fiorello! and The Sound of Music)
- Also in 1960, a nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical was split among the seven child actors—five girls and two boys—who played the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. 1960 was a weird year.
- Originally, winners got a scroll, a money clip, and a cigarette lighter (for the men) or a compact (for the women).
Jeffrey Hudson was born, amusingly, in the smallest county in England -Rutland County- on June 14, 1619. His parents were ordinary stock, as were all his brothers and sisters. But Jeffrey simply did not grow. At seven he stood 18 inches tall. Everyone in the area, including the Duchess of Buckingham was curious about him. At her request, Jeffrey’s parents walked him a mile or so to the Duchesses’ mansion. From then on, Jeffrey would be dressed in velvets, silks, and satins, with two servants to attend his every need. The whim of the wealthy saved him from a life as a country fair attraction — instead only the titled, rich, and intelligentsia could laugh at Jeffrey. He eventually became a pet project of the Queen of England, and remained part of her entourage through the English Civil War. The story of the rest of his life sounds like a adventure novel, with pirates and storms at sea and duels.
a few true facts about John Wayne
- Stalin ordered his death (the FBI intercepted 2 KGB assassins) and Nikita Khrushchev rescinded the order!
- John battled cancer in his last years. He blamed smoking six packs a day. But it could also be from shooting a movie downwind of Nevada’s nuclear test site
- John was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907
- "John Wayne" was a moniker given by the studios that he had no part in choosing. He preferred "Duke" after his childhood dog
- at 6’4” (193 cm) John was very tall for the time, and easily got a college football scholarship
- his favorite pastime was — you’ll never guess — chess
Heresy is the side that loses.