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Dutch painter Philips Koninck was born in Amsterdam
He is best-known for his landscapes of dunes, reminiscent of Rembrandt, with astonishing light effects. -1619

Dutch painter Barent Fabritius was born in Midden-Beemster
He studied with Rembrandt in Amsterdam. In 1655, he settled down in Leyde, where he was influenced by Jan Steen. He is best remembered for his portraits and still-lifes. -1624

Esaias Boursse, a Dutch painter and draughtsman, died at sea
His paintings usually depict women quietly performing household tasks in intimate middle-class interiors. Most of Boursse's paintings appear to have been produced in the late 1650s. Three are dated: "Woman Cooking beside an Unmade Bed", "Woman Scraping Radishes" and "Interior with Woman at a Spinning Wheel". He died aboard a ship. -1672

Austrian architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt died
He was apprentice to Fontana in Rome and a commissioned architect of the Emperor of Vienna. -1745

German architect Dominikus Zimmermann died in Wies
With his works in marble stucco for altars and abbeys in Bavaria, he became one of the key figures of south German Rococo. -1766

Belgian painter Francois Joseph Navez was born in Charleroi
Influenced by Ingress, he depicted biblical and mythological scenes in a neoclassical style. He was appointed Director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. -1787

Austrian-German sculptor Hugo Lederer was born in Znaim
Considered as one of the first ceramist. His work is characterized for a supreme simplicity, harmony and monumental compositions. One of his most important pieces is the Tower of Bismarck. -1871

Sculptor Lucien-Charles Edouard Alliot was born in Paris
He was a pupil of Barrias and Coutan. -1877

Martin Bloch was born in Neisse, Silesia
His first one-man exhibition (1911) took place at the Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin. Bloch left Germany as a mature and established artist, but in England had to struggle for recognition. His only one-man exhibition to be held in England during his lifetime took place in 1939 at the Alex Reid -1883

Rodin's "Le Baisier" was sold
The Lewes Corporation could not sell Rodin's "Le Baisier", which represents Paolo and Francesca in a touching embrace. Bidding started at 1,000 pounds, and it was withdrawn at 5,550 pounds. -1929

New York City's Palace Theatre fully coverted to a cinema
Designed by architects Kirchoff & Rose, the theatre, built by California vaudeville entrepreneur and Broadway impresario Martin Beck, experienced a number of problems before it opened. E. F. Albee, one of the main executives for B. F. Keith and his powerful vaudeville circuit, demanded that Beck turn over three-quarters of the stock in the theatre in order to use acts from the Keith circuit. With the Great Depression came a rise in the popularity of film and radio, and vaudeville began its decline. In 1929 the two-a-day Palace shows were increased to three. By 1932, the Palace moved to four shows a day and lowered its admission price. In November of that year, it converted to a movie house. Citizen Kane had its world premiere at the theatre on May 1, 1941. -1932

The Broadway musical, The Sound of Music opens
The Broadway musical, The Sound of Music, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on Maria von Trapp's book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Songs from the musical that have become standards include "The Sound of Music", "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", and "Do-Re-Mi". The original Broadway production opened in November 1959, and the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It has also been made into a popular 1965 movie musical. The Sound of Music was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the premiere. -1959

Clark Gable, American actor, died
He was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable seventh among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. He has been nicknamed "The King of Hollywood." His most famous role was in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh. -1960

The Great Court of the British Museum was restored
The Great Court of the British Museum. Unseen for 150 years, was restored to its original two-acre expanse by the demolition of the giant book stack blocks around the Round Reading Room. -1998

Velázquez in New York Museums
The Frick Collection opened the exhibit titled "Velázquez in New York Museums". To mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660), The Frick Collection brings together for the first time six of the Spanish master's portraits belonging to public collections in New York. They comprise three works lent by The Hispanic Society of America "Gaspar de Guzman, Count-Duke of Olivares", "Portrait of a Little Girl", and "Camillo Astalli, Known as Cardinal Pamfili"; portraits of Juan de Pareja and the Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and The Frick Collection's own portrait of King Philip IV of Spain. -1999

 


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