Today's Birthday Today's Birthday is a free service of TheFreeDictionary.com http://www.dereinst.com en-us Farlex, Inc. Thu, 11 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT 360 Today's Birthday http://www.dereinst.com http://img.tfd.com/modules/thm_tb.png 120 60 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini (1380) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Gian+Francesco+Poggio+Bracciolini //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Gian+Francesco+Poggio+Bracciolini# An Italian humanist and calligrapher, Poggio Bracciolini is remembered today for two reasons. As a secretary, historian, and copyist, he uncovered many forgotten and neglected Latin manuscripts—including works by Cicero and Lucretius—that might otherwise have been lost to history. He is also famous for his extraordinarily beautiful and legible handwriting, which was later developed into roman type, the predecessor of almost all non-italic fonts. Whose handwriting was the basis for italic fonts? Discuss
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Wed, 10 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT Leontyne Price (1927) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Leontyne+Price //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Leontyne+Price# When she was a young girl in Mississippi, Price was given a toy piano by her parents. Her passion for music was further inflamed by a Marian Anderson performance she saw as a child. She later enrolled in Juilliard and, with her remarkable vocal range and power, went on to become one of the Metropolitan Opera's most popular stars and the first internationally recognized African-American opera singer. What unusual fee did the soprano reportedly request for a 1981 appearance with Luciano Pavarotti?
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Tue, 9 Feb 2021 05:00:00 GMT William Henry Harrison (1773) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/William+Henry+Harrison //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/William+Henry+Harrison# As the first governor of the Indiana Territory, Harrison negotiated treaties with Native Americans that ceded millions of acres of land to the US. In response, Tecumseh organized an uprising, which Harrison engaged at the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. He went on to lead forces in the War of 1812, recapturing Detroit from the British. Originally a Virginia aristocrat, he won the 1840 US presidential election by emphasizing his tough frontiersman image, only to die of what after a month in office?
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