Friday, March 04, 2011

Vivaldi, Patrick Moore and Cinderella

Antonio Vivaldi was born on this day on in 1678. If you play 'Spring' and look out for snowdrops, crocus and my favourite hyacinths emerging from the ground it finally seems like the long winter in Blighty is coming to an end.

In 1461 during the War of the Roses King Henry VI was deposed by Edward his Yorkist cousin who would become King Edward IV. At 6'4" Edward is one of the tallest of the British or Scottish monarchs to date.

In 1493 on March the 4th Columbus arrived back in Lisbon aboard his ship the Nina.

In 1675 John Flamstead was appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England.

Beautiful image by Galileo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Sir Henry Raeburn was born on the same day in 1756. He shares a birthday with Sir Napier Shaw, the British Meteorologist who invented the millibar, born in 1854.

Following in that vein, Sir Patrick Moore celebrates his birthday today - he was born in 1923.

On 1861 on this day Abraham Lincoln gave his first Inaugural Address, if you would like to  see more have a look here: Abraham Lincoln March 4th

On March the 4th 1877 Emile Berliner invents the microphone.

On this day in 1945 the then Princess Elizabeth joins the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Services as a driver.

For those Disney fans out there Cinderella was released on this day in 1950.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Basil, a 4th Century missionary bishop.

I couldn't really come up with a gastronomic link today but as I kicked off with Vivaldi and   Spring I am thinking pasta tagliatelle primvaera for dinner ?

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