Friday, March 11, 2011

Frankenstein, Henry Tate and Campbell's Bluebird

According to various sources I have come across online a certain Romeo and Juliet ( the real ones it seems ) may well have been married on this day in 1302 in Citadella,  Italy.

The Dutch printer and publisher Isaac Elsevier was born on March the 11th 1596. He was one of the  first to use a printing press;  the modern Elsevier brand was founded in 1880.

The Daily Courant, England's first daily newspaper, was published today in 1702. It consisted of a single page with two columns and was produced from rooms above The White Hart pub in Fleet Street.

This day in 1818 saw the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Henry Tate, the sugar magnate and philanthropist, was born on this day in 1819. He would give his name, fortune and collection of Victorian art to the National Gallery of British Art, now known as the Tate Gallery. The gallery was opened on July the 21st 1897 on the site of the old Millbank Prison.

On March 11th 1885 Sir Malcolm Campbell  was born. An English racing motorist and journalist, he would go on to break the land speed record nine times.  He raced in his famous Blue Bird - named after the play then showing at the Haymarket Theatre.

The children's author Ezra Jack Keats was born on March the 11th 1916. Known for his strong use of colours and graphics, he was awarded The Caldecott Medal in 1963 for  his lovely book The Snowy Day. 

Rather marvellously, I think the Save the Redwoods League was founded on this day in  1918.

Today is the Feast day amongst other of Saint Eulogius of Cordoba. He was a prominent priest in Spain and wrote The Memorial of the Saints.

With a very vague Italian link and due to the fact that the children asked for it this yesterday, today I am making risotto with asparagus.

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