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TODAY - Mar 22, 2018

Thought of the Day

The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.

Today's Birthday

Anthony van Dyck
Anthony van Dyck Artist, English(1599)

A Flemish artist who became portrait painter to the English court and was knighted by Charles I.

Randolph Caldecott
Randolph Caldecott Artist, British(1846)

a British artist and illustrator (1846)

Marcel Marceau
Marcel Marceau Mime Artist, French(1923)

a French mime artist.

Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim Composer, American(1930)

an American composer and lyricist.

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber Composer, American(1948)

A British composer of theatrical music, whose popular stage musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats and Phantom of the Opera

This day in History


Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.


To raise revenue in the American colonies, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, levying a direct tax on colonial legal and commercial documents.


The Arab League is formed in Cairo, Egypt.


The Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me," is released in Britain; it is soon number one on the pop charts.


The Equal Rights Amendment is passed by the Senate and sent to the states for ratification; it ultimately fails to win enough states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.


Prime Minister Tony Blair OKs the mass slaughter of livestock on farms in England and Scotland in an effort to halt the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948)

Andrew Lloyd Webber

A British composer of theatrical music, whose popular stage musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats and Phantom of the Opera, was born on 22nd March 1948, in London and educated at the University of Oxford and at the Royal College of Music. The son of the director of the London College of Music, Lloyd Webber began his musical training as a child. He published his first composition at the age of nine. In 1967, while still students, Lloyd Webber and Rice wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a school performance. The musical was later professionally produced at an international arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 1972. A recording was released in 1972, but the show did not become a regular Broadway production until 1981. Lloyd Webber and Rice next collaborated on Jesus Christ Superstar, which, issued as a record album, sold more than 3 million copies before the show opened on Broadway. The musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, and Lloyd Webber, as composer, won the Drama Desk Award (1973). Jesus Christ Superstar then became the longest-running musical in the history of British theater and was produced throughout the world. Another Lloyd Webber-Rice collaboration, Evita (1978), opened in New York in 1979, where it won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, seven Tony Awards, and a Grammy Award. Both shows were later made into successful motion pictures.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal