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Photos of African-American composers of classical music

Music Memories: African-American Classical Composers

February 15, 2019

February is African-American History Month, so this week, we look at the work of several African-American composers of classical music.


Writer Richard Ford

A Week to Remember: Richard Ford

February 11, 2019

Richard Ford was born on February 16, 1944. Ford is a writer of novels and short stories; his best-known work is his series of books about former sportswriter Frank Bascombe.


William Crawford, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay

A Week to Remember: The Election of 1824

February 04, 2019

On February 9, 1825, the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams to be the sixth President of the United States, after no candidate had received a majority of votes in the Electoral College.


Singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson

Music Memories: "The Day the Music Died"

February 01, 2019

In the early morning of February 3, 1959, singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The tragedy would later become known as "the day the music died."


Film composer John Williams

Music Memories: John Williams

February 08, 2019

John Williams was born on February 8, 1932. Williams is a composer whose movie themes are instantly recognizable. In his sixty-year career, Williams has received 3 Emmys, 24 Grammys, and 5 Academy Awards. He's been nominated for the Academy Award 51 times, second only to Walt Disney.


American self-trained historian and author Barbara Tuchman

A Week to Remember: Barbara W. Tuchman

January 28, 2019

Barbara W. Tuchman was born on January 30, 1912. Tuchman was a writer of popular history whose goal was to make history accessible and entertaining to the non-historian. Her output was small, fewer than a dozen books, but her work has remained popular decades after its original publication.


Polish composer Witold Lutosławski

Music Memories: Witold Lutosławski

January 25, 2019

Witold Lutosławski was born on January 25, 1913. Lutosławski was a Polish composer who strove for artistic integrity throughout his career, despite the restrictions imposed by the Polish and Soviet governments.


Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.

A Week to Remember: Edith Wharton

January 20, 2019

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.


The Everly Brothers - Don and Phil Everly

Music Memories: The Everly Brothers

January 18, 2019

On January 19, 1939, Phil Everly was born. Phil and his brother, Don (born February 1, 1937), performed as the Everly Brothers; they were one of the most influential acts of early rock 'n' roll.


Men dressed as liquor bottles in the Parade of the Departed during the Prohibition.

A Week to Remember: Prohibition

January 14, 2019

On January 16, 1919, five states ratified the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, taking the total number of ratifying states to 38, two more than needed to make the Amendment into law.


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