Monday, May 16, 2011

Then let them eat cake!

May 16th
On this day in 1770, 14 year old Marie Antoinette marries 15 year old Louis-Auguste, later Louis XVI of France. Marie was an Austrian princess and the arranged marriage was made in hopes of uniting the two countries. Unfortunately for the two of them this was not a happily ever after story. Both would have their heads chopped off in the French Revolution while in their 30's. Cake indeed.
On this day in 1929 the very first Academy Awards were handed out. Now days, Oscar night is a huge event that draws millions of viewers and huge amounts of money from advertisements. It is viewed by some to be the highest achievement for someone in the movie industry.
On this day in 1777 Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh. Gwinnett was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and from Georgia. The fight was over who would take credit for establishing a border with Florida. To the winner go the spoils I guess!

And on this day in 1966 the Beach Boys released their masterpiece, Pet Sounds. At the time it raised the bar for how an album could be composed and influenced many of the great albums to follow, especially the Beatles with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club.

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