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King Louis XIII was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and of Navarre from 1610 to 1643; he was the… [More] oldest child of Henry IV of France and Marie de’ Medici. The reign of Louis “the Just,” as he was referred to, was marked by the struggles against Huguenots and Habsburg Spain. [Less]
1792: George Cruikshank
Cruikshank was a British caricaturist and book illustrator. His book illustrations for his friend Charles… [More] Dickens, and many other authors, reached an international audience and he was praised as the “modern Hogarth” during his life. He illustrated the Jewish “Fagin in his cell” for Dickens’ famous book Oliver Twist. [Less]
1945: Misha Dichter
Dichter is a Jewish classical pianist who was born in Shanghai to Polish-Jewish parents who fled Europe… [More] at the outbreak of World War II. While enrolled at the Juilliard School in New York City, Dichter won the Silver medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, an accomplishment which helped launch his international musical career. Shortly after, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, nationally broadcast live on NBC and subsequently recorded for RCA. He was also honored in 1998 with the “Grand Prix International Du Disque Liszt” for his recording of Liszt’s piano transcriptions released on the Phillips label. [Less]