Saturday, March 19, 2011

'Dr. Livingstone, I Presume..?' and Sfinci

The missionary and explorer David Livingstone was born on  this day in 1813 in Lanarkshire.  For some six years whilst in Africa all contact with him was lost. In 1869 the New York Herald newspaper sent Henry Morton Stanley to find him; on doing so, he is reported to have announced the now infamous 'Dr. Livingstone, I presume ?' Here is an illustration from the 1872 Illustrated London News. I have also included a link to a rather lovely portrait in the National Portrait Gallery.

On March the 19th 1883 the chemist Sir Norman ( Walter ) Haworth was born in Worcestershire. He became known for his research into the properties of carbohydrates and ascorbic acid - vitamin c, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1937.

On this day in 1900 the chemist Frederic Joliot-Curie was born in Paris. He was married to Irene Curie, - the daughter of Pierre and Marie Curie. They would jointly be awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened on March the 19th 1932.

On March the 19th 1965 Rembrandt's Titus sold for a record $7,770,000. Here is a self-portrait:

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph or San Giuseppe, widely celebrated throughout Southern Italy. These marvellously named sfinci it would seem are the order of the day. I'm going to have a go.


Grit said...

thank you for all these links! this is building up into a brilliant resource library!

Catriona Ling said...

Pouring with rain in Sydney this morning - and I do mean absolutely pouring which is a pity as having read your post I was about to go for a walk to gaze upon the Harbour Bridge and celebrate a day late, the anniversary of its opening!