History for the Rest of Us

Gutenberg

Gutenberg

Jan 7, 2013

LIVED FROM 1400-1468 While Joan of Arc was busy rescuing France from the English, another wonderful worker was busy in Germany. This was John Gutenberg, who was born in Mainz. The Germans — and most other people — think that he was the inventor of the art of printing with movable types. And so in the cities of Dresden and Mainz his countrymen have put up...

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Nov 30, 2012

1812 – 1870 Early Years Charles Dickens was born at Landport, now a great town, but then a little suburb of Portsmouth, or Portsea, lying half a mile outside of the town walls. The date of his birth was Friday, February 7, 1812. His father was John Dickens, a clerk in the navy pay-office, and at that time attached to the Portsmouth dockyard. The...

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Nov 30, 2012

One of the top selling albums of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was released November 30, 1982. The recording of the album began at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles on April 14, 1982. When Quincy Jones walked into the studio, he said to some of the others involved in the recording, ‘OK guys, we’re going to save the recording...

Roots of Leonardo Da Vinci

Roots of Leonardo Da Vinci

Nov 24, 2012

Leonardo Da Vinci, the multi-faceted genius of the Italian Renaissance was from, as his name implies, the little town of Vinci. The origins of Vinci go back to the Etruscans. It lies about six miles from Empoli and twenty miles west of Florence. Leonardo’s traditional birthplace home on the outskirts of the town in Anchiano still exists. The home...

Mozart – Child Prodigy

Mozart – Child Prodigy

Nov 6, 2012

The life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the immortal names in music, contradicts the rule that extraordinary youthful talent is apt to be followed by a sluggish and commonplace maturity. His father entered the room one day with a friend, and found the child bending over a music score. The little Mozart, not yet five years old, told his father he was writing...

Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo’s David

Sep 14, 2012

A far more important commission was intrusted to Michelangelo in August…1501. Condivi, after mentioning his return to Florence, tells the history of the colossal David in these words: “Here he stayed some time, and made the statue which stands in front of the great door of the Palace of the Signory, and is called the Giant by all people. It came...