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Friday, March 23, 2007
It's World Meteorological Day and a date in history that's chock full of odd objects traversing the atmosphere. Or almost traversing it... in the case of the near-miss of asteroid 4581-Asclepius today in 1989. It's also the day the Mir Space Station fell from the sky, Gemini 3 launched, and rocketry's father Werner von Braun was born. And it's the day President Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative. Amazing. We'll have some voices and sounds to convey those stories, and then we'll lighten up with a silly song published on this day in 1923. There's also an eight-second snippet from a famous Oratorio that was first performed today in 1743. And finally, there's news of a change in the Almanac beginning next week.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Internationally, it's a day for observing water and seals. In the US, it's rollercoasters. And today, two Canadians have something to say about errant herring and chanting children, a Brit talks to the audience, and a German gets a wise-crack in. We'll also listen to anniversary sounds relating to the Equal Rights Amendment, Reese Witherspoon, and Pat Robertson. Plus, the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament was played today in 1934, and there's more on that at ProVoiceTracks.com/almanac, along with a link to more audio from one of the Canadians on the show.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The first full day of Spring is sprouting with audio specific to this day... everything from the thrills of Charles Lindbergh's Medal and the Selma marchers to the agony of a Slovenian/Yugoslavian ski jumper and a Cleveland DJ's apologies for the concert that went wrong. For him, Alan Freed, things would get worse but that's a story for another day. This day, there's also anniversary audio from Beethoven, Kate Smith, Larry Hagman, and Little House on the Prairie. Plus birthday music from Modest Mussorgsky (by way of Ravel). There are links to more information about Lindbergh's Medal of Honor and the marches in Selma, Alabama, at ProVoiceTracks.com/almanac
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Spring arrives in the Northern Hemisphere today, a day that's also World Frog Day. We'll observe the former with Ella Fitzgerald and the latter with... well, frogs. It's Independence Day in Tunisia, and it's a big day for publishing. Albert Einstein sheds light on one or the other. Also, anniversary audio from Lyndon Johnson and Humphrey Bogart... and birthday audio from Vera Lynn, Holly Hunter, Ozzie Nelson, and Big Bird. We'll also hear from Libby Riddles, who in 1985 became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Libby and Iditarod links are on the companion Web page at ProVoiceTracks.com/almanac.
Monday, March 19, 2007
On this, the day the swallows return to Capistrano, we'll listen to a little of the Amos n Andy show, first broadcast in Chicago on this day in 1928, and we'll hear from Moms Mabley, born on this date in 1894. There's also anniversary audio from Bob Dylan, Goldfinger, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, C-Span, and President Bush. On the companion Web page at provoicetracks.com/almamanc, there's more information about San Juan Capistrano, Amos 'n' Andy, and Moms Mabley.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
On this last Almanac edition before a long-weekend break... Today is World Pi Day and it's Potato Chip Day in the US. We'll choose one for a sound opportunity, touch on The Mikado (first performed on this date in 1885), and listen to a few seconds of the first-ever Gold Record (TM), certified this date in '58. Also, anniversary audio from Jack Ruby and birthday sounds from Billy Crystal, Albert Einstein, and Jerry Jeff Walker. And we'll close with the Rolling Stones: why they moved to France on this day in 1971 -- and what happened afterward. NOTE: The next AE Almanac will come down Monday, 3/19.