Monthly Archives: January 2013
Born 5 January 1592 – Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-58). Nearly everyone knows that Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, but fewer people are aware of the tragic fate … Continue reading
5 January 1834 – In their tribal lore the Kiowa Indians call this date “the night the stars fell.” In the words of ethnographer James Mooney, the Kiowa were awakened by a burst of light, and “running out from the … Continue reading
“I felt like poisoning a monk.” – Umberto Eco, Italian essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist, explaining why he wrote “The Name of the Rose” (1980). Some quotes from Umberto Eco: “But now I have come to believe that the … Continue reading
5 January 1959 – The live children’s program “Bozo the Clown” premieres on WHDH-TV in Boston. Today, however, most of America’s clowns perform on C-Span.
with gratitude for his many great performances. “Today, everything has to be made by committee, and has to have special effects, but there’s always room for good films.” – Robert Duvall, American actor and recipient of the 1983 Academy Award … Continue reading
“The human species does not necessarily move in stages from progress to progress … history and civilization do not advance in tandem. From the stagnation of Medieval Europe to the decline and chaos in recent times on the mainland of … Continue reading
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – Thomas Stearns Eliot, playwright, literary and social critic, one of the … Continue reading