January 31 in History

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone—we find it with another.”—Fr. Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was born on this date in 1915.

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Franz Schubert (at top) was born on this date in 1797. Only 31 when he died, he left behind almost 1000 works—several hundred songs, some individual and some in song cycles; seven officially complete symphonies and five other partial symphonies (one of which, Symphony No. 8 in B minor, the Unfinished, is one of the most performed works in most orchestra’s repertoires); and many chamber works.

Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Unfinished:

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Molly Ivins died 10 years ago today. Sir Terry Wogan died one year ago today.

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Carol Channing is 96 today. Here she is thanking fans for their birthday wishes last year:

Kenzaburō Ōe is 82 today. Philip Glass is 80 today. From Koyaanisqatsi (1982):

Jessica Walter is 76 today. Representative Dick Gephardt is 76. Nolan Ryan is 70 today. The start of the 1979 MLB All Star Game:

Ken Wilber is 68. John Lydon is 61. “Disappointed” from 1989:

Minnie Driver is 47. Kerry Washington is 40 today. Justin Timberlake is 36 today.

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  1. Ernie Miller · January 31, 2017

    Hi Mark,

    I really like the “Unfinished”; I also recall a Looney Tunes cartoon about it from when I was very young and didn’t know there was color on TV.

    Just wanted to say I am an infrequent commentor (sp?) and read more than I speak.


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  2. loisajay · January 31, 2017

    Carol Channing…I have always loved her voice.

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