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Welcome to the Round Table for the week of August 12-18, 2012.
This week in history: August 12
1624 -Cardinal Richelieu was named chief minister of France by king Louis XIII. 1851- Issac Singer patented the sewing machine. 1865 - British surgeon Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use an antiseptic during surgery. 1898 - A peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed. 1898 - Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.
1972 - The last American combat troops left Vietnam. 1985 - In the world's worst single-aircraft disaster, a Japan Air Lines 747 crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing 520 of the 524 aboard. 1998 - Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle lawsuits brought by Holocaust survivors and their heirs. The banks had kept millions of dollars deposited by Holocaust victims before and during World War II. 2000 - The Russian military submarine, Kursk, and its crew were lost in the Barents Sea. 2004 - N.J. governor James McGreevey announced his resignation.
1521 - After a three-month siege, the Aztec capital of TenochtitlŠn fell to the Spanish conquistadors, marking the end of one empire and the rise of another.
1906 - An all-black army unit was accused of a shooting rampage that left 1 civilian dead at Fort Brown in Brownsville, Texas. In 1972 they were all exonerated. 1942 - Disney's Bambi opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1961 - The border between East and West Berlin was closed and marked with a barbed wire fence.
1995 - Baseball great Mickey Mantle died of cancer. 2008 - U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his 11th career gold medal, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to do so.
1900 - International forces entered Beijing, China, in an effort to suppress the antiforeign uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion. 1935 - The Social Security Act became law. 1945 - Japan surrendered to the United States, ending World War II. 1947 - Pakistan became independent of British rule. 1951 - Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst died in Beverly Hills, California. 1995 - Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet at the Citadel, the state military college of South Carolina. 1997 - Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing. 2003 - The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeast.
1057 - Macbeth, king of Scotland, was killed by Malcolm Canmore. 1911 - Proctor & Gamble Company introduced Crisco vegetable shortening. 1935 - Aviator Wiley Post and actor Will Rogers were killed in a plane crash. 1939 - The Wizard of Oz premiered in Hollywood.
1947 - The Indian Independence Bill created the two independent states of India and Pakistan. 1948 - South Korea became the Republic of Korea. 1969 - Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York.
1998 - A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people. It was the deadliest act of violence in more than 30 years of "Troubles." 2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own.
1777 - The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt., won by American forces. 1829 - The original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, arrived in Boston. 1948 - Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York City at age 53. 1960 - Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, became an independent republic. 1962 - Algeria was admitted to the Arab League. 1977 - Elvis Presley died at Graceland, his Memphis,Tenn., home, from heart failure at age 42. 2003 - Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died.
1807 - Robert Fulton's steamboat, the Clermont, began its trip up the Hudson River to Albany. 1863 - Fort Sumter, S.C. was bombarded by Union ships during the Civil War. 1896 - Prospectors found gold in Alaska, a discovery that set off the Klondike gold rush. 1945 - Indonesian nationalists proclaimed independence from the Netherlands. 1962 - 18-year-old Peter Fechter was shot and killed by guards at the Berlin Wall, spurring riots.
1969 - Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people. 1978 - The first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight landed outside of Paris. 1987 - Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's second in command, committed suicide. 2008 - U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal, breaking the record set by Mark Spitz in the 1972 Games. Phelps also set the record for the most golds in a single Olympics.
1227 - Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in China. 1587 - Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents born in North America. 1894 - Congress established the Bureau of Immigration, forerunner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 1920 - When Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the three-quarters of the states necessary was achieved and American women got the right to vote. 1936 - Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca was shot and killed by Franco's soldiers during the Spanish Civil War . 1958 - Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita was published. 1963 - James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
Thanks Phil for Summer. Ella and Antonio really have it, no matter which is playing when. I am particularly fond of Vivaldi, known as the red (headed) monk, who taught strings in a girls school. This was quite progressive for his day, and would likely have been progressive even into the 20th Century. Rumours abound about his actual duties in the school, ranging from compositions geared to various levels of skill, to cooking a particularly spicy marinara sauce for his students. Then again, some of his guitar/violin duets are quite spicy in their own right.
The interesting thing about Vivaldi is that his music has been the speedometer of the jet plane effect on music. In Europe, an allegro is just happy -- as in a happy walking pace. Until someone got the bright idea to link tempo indicators to reality of the day, referring to composition date, Vivaldi kept speeding up, as if soloists had been shot from a gun and needed to finish before they hit ground. As such, breathless replaced breathtaking. You couldn't hear the notes when playing and audiences left concert halls with tachycardia imminent. Fortunately, we've matured.
It is such a treat to listen to an orchestra and soloist with spaghetti sauce in their veins. The storm section war perfect. Birds sing beautifully after the thunder subsides, and the lovers walking through the glade are indeed filled "presto" with much allegro.
Allegro to all! And check out the rest of the Seasons. It may be the best known of Vivaldi's work, and yet the most variable, depending upon the performer. If listened to as allegories of love, which they are, you can get a whole new outlook on love, life and marinara sauce.
"I am young, whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy." ~~~ Kato Havas
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' Though I will always loathe Venice, and never forgive it for its part in the destruction of the Eastern Roman Empire in 1204, I must grudgingly admit that I have always been partial to the Venetian tradition in music -- particularly their penchant for using antiphonal choirs.
Early stereo !! ∑ ∑
_________________________ The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools -- Herbert Spencer
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"We expect to see meteor rates as high as 100 per hour," said astronomer Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, in the above video. It was released by NASA on the aptly named website Space.com. "The Perseids always put on a good show."
Cooke and his team will host an "Up All Night" live chat from Saturday at 11 p.m. to Sunday at 3 a.m. Participants will also get to see live video and audio feeds of the Perseid meteor shower from a camera mounted at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
NASA wants your help counting shooting stars this weekend
But the Perseid meteor shower is only part of the treat in store for stargazers, NASA says.
"The brightest planets in the solar system are lining up right in the middle of the [Perseid] display," NASA says. Specifically, "Jupiter, Venus and the crescent moon are gathering together just as the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak."