When an idle look for famous people associated with the day reveals talents as different as those possessed by Maria E. J. Versfelt, actress who was mistress to both General Moreau & Marshal Ney during the days of the Revolution and the Napoleonic wars and George Muller who apparently was a Prussian orphanage builder, I wonder about the huge range of options people have for becoming famous; Maria was mistress to men of war, while old George seized on the health conditions and wars of the time, and went into what must have been a lucrative business at the time. He ends up being called a philanthropist and I believe people have several names for her sort.
Another unlikely pair born this day are Mata Amritanandamayi(1953) and Hiram R Revels who was the first black senator in a US State Senate. One claims to know the true path, while the other blazed a path that has led to a black senator getting to the White House in 2008.
Unbelievably and in a strange parallel to the Obama birth certificate sling fest, Revels who was a Republican, was almost not elected to Mississippi State Senate in 1870 as opposing Senators who did not wish to sit across a room from a black man argued that he had not been a US citizen for 9 years. They conveniently forgot that as an African American he had only been granted citizenship in 1866, and that he had been born free and had worked as barber, minister, teacher all his life. Short memory spans have always been a problem in politics!
This day was good for popular culture as well. Meat Loaf was born Marvin Aday on this day in 1947 and has been the essential rocker for ages. Andy Lau, the Hong Kong actor who is one of the world’s most beautiful people in my reckoning was born this day in 1961. He has acted in films such as Infernal Affairs..copied repeatedly by Hollywood and then Bollywood, and House of Flying Daggers. He is also the Cantonese pop artist with the most awards..!!
Meat Loaf singing I’d do anything for love(but I won’t do that)