On This Day, July 25

Posted on 25th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Wednesday.

On this day in 1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony No 40 in G minor.  Here’s a link if you’d like some Mozartian music to accompany your reading.  No trumpets or timpani in this piece, just flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns and strings attached.  As a movie theme it starred in Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson but didn’t even get a cameo in the movie, Amadeus. Not enough drums, I guess… not enough drums… but not too much hands.  Two.

I occasionally wonder what sort of music the classical composers would have knocked up if they were born in our generation and Elton and Bernie lived back then.

On this day in 1797 Horatio Nelson lost 300 men in a battle off Spain.  Damn clumsy of him.  He also lost his right arm and from that day didn’t have to salute again.

On this day in 1868, Wyoming became a United States territory.  Today’s trivia quiz.  What is Wyoming’s capital city and what movie starring Heath Ledger is set in Wyoming?

On this day in 1893, the Corinth Canal was used for the first time.  Been there.  Staggering.  Awesome.  What an undertaking…

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan plugged in an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, making a statement that music would never be the same…

To those born on this day:

Actor, Matt LeBlanc, in 1967.  I like his work – it takes a lot of skill and timing to make it look like you are walking effortlessly through a role (Friends and Episodes).

And, in 1978, Louise Brown was born.  She was the world’s first ‘test tube’ baby and she is 34 today!

Quiz answer: Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming and Brokeback Mountain was the movie set there (but most of it was filmed in Canada).

And speaking of westerns, actor Walter Brennan was born on this day in 1894.  He appeared in more than 230 movies and TV shows and was the first actor to pick up three Academy Awards, for Come and Get It, Kentucky and The Westerner.  Jack Nicholson is the only other to equal that feat – in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As Good As It Gets and Terms of Endearment (he was nominated for Five Easy Pieces).  Eh weeeee-heee.  Sorry, best Walter Brennan impression I can do in print.