Category Archives: Happy Birthday

Hwæt!

The deeds of Rudolph, Tundra-Wanderer, by Philip Chapman-Bell.

Þa in Cristesmæsseæfne stormigum clommum,
Halga Claus þæt gemunde to him maðelode:

Languagehat, who produced a more orthographically accurate version

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Chromatic elegance

Five songs to mark the centenary of Billy Strayhorn.

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It’s a beautiful day

Happy birthday to Fred Rogers.

The Writer’s Almanac

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Soaring

In honor of the opening of Washington Dulles International Airport 52 years ago: a stunning gallery of images of the Eero Saarinen-designed airport under construction, photographed by Balthazar Korab, and donated to the Library of Congress.

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Tamed

Today’s not his birthday, but hats off anyway to Frederick Vernon Coville, commercializer of blueberries.

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Thanks, LBJ

Happy 50th anniversary to the Urban Mass Transportation Act, in short, the legislation that made Metro (and transit projects across the country) happen. Martin Di Caro interviews Therese McMillan of the Federal Transit Administration.

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Whiter shade of pale

Happy birthday to today’s Google Doodle honoree, Agnes Martin.

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A centennial

Happy 100th to the homely, historic Hotel Harrington. These days I pass by the edifice on my walk from the subway.

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And Linda, too

Happy sixth, Shorpy!

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Zenith

Birthday greetings to Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), courtesy of the Writer’s Almanac.

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Not me

Happy birthday, Ernie.

Leta claims that, in our relationship, she is Ernie and I am Bert. I fail to see the resemblance.

One of my favorite routines: chair sharing.

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What we require is silence

Happy 100th to John Cage. His “Lecture on Nothing,” performed by Kaegan Sparks, is trending at UbuWeb.

wood s lot

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One more dead copycat

Happy birthday, Charles “Yardbird” Parker, Jr. Tom Vitale has a encore story on the making of “Ko Ko.”

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And one to grow on

Bonne anniversaire, Doris Eileen.

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June 16

Becky Hogge celebrates a double Bloomsday: not only is it the anniversary of James Joyce’s first, um, date with Nora Barnacle, but also this is the first year in which the text of Ulysses resides in the public domain—at least in the EU.

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