Classics Calendar for August 4

Louis Armstrong had a big hit with the theme from
"Hello, Dolly!" (played here by Carol Channing,
considered by many the greatest Dolly of them all).

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792; died July 8, 1822) English poet; "Ozymandias"; "Ode to the West Wind"; "To a Skylark"; Adonaïs; Prometheus Unbound; Hellas

Walter Pater (1839; died July 30, 1894) English essayist, critic, and novelist; The Renaissance; Marius the Epicurean

Louis Armstrong (1901; died July 6, 1971) American performer; trumpet, singer ("scat" vocals); "When The Saints Go Marching In"; "Ain't Misbehavin'"; "Stompin' at the Savoy"; "Hello, Dolly!"; "What a Wonderful World"; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1972)

Died on this day:

Hans Christian Andersen (1875; born April 2, 1805) Danish children's author; "The Emperor's New Clothes"; "The Little Mermaid"; "The Nightingale"; "The Snow Queen"; "The Ugly Duckling"; "Thumbelina"; etc.

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