On This Day, August 15

Posted on 15th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Welcome to Wednesday.

On this day in 1040 King Duncan was killed in battle against his first cousin and rival, Macbeth… and on this day 17 years later, Macbeth was also killed in battle – and you thought Shakespeare made it all up!

And speaking of Scots, in 1963, Henry John Burnett made the history books when he became the last man to be hanged in Scotland.  Harry Allen was the hangman.  If you dropped in on Monday, you already know about Harry in his bow-ties.

In 1965 The Beatles played to 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City giving birth to ‘stadium rock’.  Paul doesn’t really look or sound much different 47 years on.

In 1969… the Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened.  And, somewhat amazingly, some of the artists are also still running around, okay, walking around, some 43 years on – Carlos Santana…Joe Cocker… Crosby, Stills, Nash… and Young.  Okay, not so young, but they are still out there doin’ it…

Oh!  Oh!  Oh!  And it’s Mother’s Day in Antwerp

To those born on this day…

In 1924, English playwright and screenwriter, Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons)…

…in 1946, American muso and composer, Jimmy Webb.  He was heavily criticized for drug hallucination and nonsensical poetry in his hit, MacArthur Park.  But you see, MacArthur Park is a place… and it had a green rotunda… and if you happened to be sitting there, crying, after a relationship has just ended… well…“MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark, all the sweet green icing flowing down…”

… in 1950, Princess Anne was born.  And, in 1954, Swedish writer, Steig Larson  (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) was born.