Auld Acquitance Remembered
Scottish poet Robert Burn is born January 25, 1759 in his father's farm cottage in Alloway. He tries farming but concluding that " the best-laid schemes o' mice an men " often go awry, turns to poetry. His 1786 book of poems, written in Scottish dialect, charms Edinburg society, though it brings burns more fame than fortune. He also collects, writes and rewrites hundred of Scottish songs, and his A Man's a Man for a' that and his version of Auld Lang Syne are staples at New Year's Eve parties and Burns Supper centuries after his death, at 37, in 1796.
Auld Acquitance Remembered
Castro Seizes Power
Revolutionary forced led by Fidel Castro, overthrow the government of Cuban dictactor Fulgencio Batista, January 1, 1959, five and half years after the 1953 attack on a military barracks that gives Castro's guerilla 26th of July Movement its name. Batista flees Cuba, and Castro, who had declared him-self " not interested in power," takes control of the Cuban government in February. He cuts ties to the United States, nationalizes private land, commace and industry, embraces comunism and violently suppresses opposition. In February 2008, an ailing Castro passes leadership of the island nation to his brother, Raul.
As She Like It
Elisabeth Tudor is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey on january 15, 1559, in the kind of " pompous ceremony ' she deems a secret of good government. After parading four miles through London, courting the crowd and viewing pageants in her honor, she receives the Imperial Crown - which, at seven pounds, is too heavy for her and is replaced with another. She ably assumes the burdens of monarchy, however, restoring protestantism to England , keeping Spain and France at bay, and lending her name to an age of literaly flowering that ends with her death, at 69, in 1603.
Letting it Be
The Beatles give a surprise performance their last public, concert together - on the roof of Apple records' London recording studio, January 30, 1969, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, already beginning to go their separate ways but hoping to recapture the bands energy, film themselves - until police say " Hello goodbye - playing several songs from a new project. The album and film, reworked in to Let It Be, record the tensions leading to the group's breakup in 1970.
John Lennon is killed in 1980, but the three remaining Beatles reunite to record two songs in 1994. George harrison dis in 2001.
Members of the academy of Sciences in Paris learn in January 1839 of Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre's pioneering photographic process. It's the first method to achieve widespread succes dagueree's light-sensitive copper sheets reduce exposure time from hours to minutes - and before it is supplemented in the 1850s, millions of daguerreotypes are taken annualy. Daguerre dies , at 63, in 1851.