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King Philip was King of the Franks from 1060 to 1108. A great part of his reign was spent putting down… [More] revolts by his power-hungry vassals. In 1077, he made peace with William the Conqueror, who gave up attempting the conquest of Brittany. He was also king during the First Crusade. That Crusade ultimately resulted in the regaining of the Holy Lands and the recapture of Jerusalem in 1099. [Less]
1908: Max Abramovitz
Abramovitz, the son of Romanian-Jewish immigrants, was a renowned American architect. His… [More] famous works include Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, the US Steel Tower (aka USX Tower) in Pittsburgh, and the Hilles Library, which was a new home for the Radcliffe College Library at Harvard in Boston. [Less]
1910: Artie Shaw
Born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, Shaw was anAmerican clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. He was widely regarded as… [More] one of jazz’s finest clarinetists. Shaw led one of America’s most popular big bands of the late 1930s and early ’40s. Their signature song, a 1938 version of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine”, was a wildly successful single that defined the era. Shaw was also an author of both fiction and non-fiction writings. [Less]