On This Day
1793 – French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined.
Olympe de Gouges (French: [olɛ̃p də ɡuʒ] (About this sound listen); 7 May 1748 – 3 November 1793), born Marie Gouze, was a French playwright and political activist whose feminist and abolitionist writings reached a large audience.
She began her career as a playwright in the early 1780s. As political tension rose in France, Olympe de Gouges became increasingly politically engaged. She became an outspoken advocate against the slave trade in the French colonies in 1788. At the same time, she began writing political pamphlets. Today she is perhaps best known as an early feminist who demanded that French women be given the same rights as French men. In her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen (1791), she challenged the practice of male authority and the notion of male-female inequality. She was executed by guillotine during the Reign of Terror (1793–1794) for attacking the regime of the Revolutionary government and for her association with the Girondists.
Born On This Day
1505 – Achilles Gasser, German physician and astrologer (d. 1577)
Achilles Pirmin Gasser (3 November 1505 – 4 December 1577) was a German physician and astrologer. He is now known as a well-connected humanist scholar, and supporter of both Copernicus and Rheticus.
Born in Lindau, he studied mathematics, history and philosophy as well as astronomy. He was a student in Sélestat under Johannes Sapidus; he also attended universities in Wittenberg, Vienna, Montpellier, and Avignon.
Rheticus lost his physician father Georg Iserin in 1528, executed on sorcery charges. Gasser later took over the practice in Feldkirch, in 1538; he taught Rheticus some astrology, and helped his education, in particular by writing to the University of Wittenberg on his behalf.
When Rheticus printed his Narratio prima—the first published account of the Copernican heliocentric system—in 1540 (Danzig), he sent Gasser a copy. Gasser then undertook a second edition (1541, Basel) with his own introduction, in the form of a letter from Gasser to Georg Vogelin of Konstanz. The second edition (1566, Basel) of De revolutionibus orbium coelestium contained the Narratio Prima with this introduction by Gasser.
Gasser died in Augsburg.
He prepared the first edition (Augsburg, 1558) of the Epistola de magnete of Pierre de Maricourt.
Other works include:
Historiarum et Chronicorum totius mundi epitome (1532)
Prognosticon (1544) dedicated to Thomas Venatorius
Edition of the Evangelienbuch of Otfried of Weissenburg. His edition did not appear until 1571, under the name of Matthias Flacius who had taken over.
Gasser belonged with Flacius to the humanist circle around Kaspar von Niedbruck, concerned with the recovery of monastic manuscripts. Others in the group were John Bale, Conrad Gesner, Joris Cassander, Johannes Matalius Metellus, and Cornelius Wauters.
By William Hughes: R.I.P. Raymond Chow, Hong Kong film pioneer
Raymond Chow Man-Wai, OBE, GBS (Chinese: 鄒文懐; 8 October 1927 – 2 November 2018)was a Hong Kong film producer, and presenter. He is responsible for successfully launching martial arts and the Hong Kong cinema onto the international stage. As the founder of Golden Harvest, he produced some of the biggest stars of the martial arts film genre, including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Tsui Hark.
1 Early life
2 Film career
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Chow, who is of Hakka Han ethnicity, attended Saint John’s University, Shanghai, and graduated with a B.A in journalism in 1949. In 1951 he joined the Voice of America office in Hong Kong. He also studied martial arts under master Lam Sai-wing.
Chow was the head of publicity and the production chief of Shaw Brothers between 1958 and 1970. He leased Cathay’s studio and contracted its exhibition chain of 104 cinema theatres in Southeast Asia. At the time Cathay was a predominant force in the Malaysian film industry.
When Cathay wanted to end the company’s association in Hong Kong, Chow left Shaw Brothers to establish Golden Harvest in 1970. Chow capitalized on the Shaw Brothers who had a system that limited creativity, and was able to lure Bruce Lee into Golden Harvest, making it a serious competitor to Shaw Brothers. Under Chow’s leadership, Golden Harvest would become the cornerstone for Hong Kong cinema leading HK box office sales for two decades from the 1970s to 1980s.
Whilst he is credited with producing many films, in the audio commentary for the UK release of Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain, Tsui Hark in conversation with Bey Logan who asked the elementary question of Chow’s role as a film producer, explained that this credit is mostly meaningless. Tsui stated that any producer’s role at the studio was often nothing more than to greenlight and insure funding the project, and that producers such as Chow would rarely if ever set foot on the set during the making of the film. Raymond Chow officially announced his retirement in Hong Kong on November 5, 2007.
I have not thought about John Saxon in ages!
When I first came to Hollywood in 1954 I was very fortunate to be signed by Universal Studios as a contract player at age 17. In those days the studios really took care of their young talent and groomed them into accomplished actors. What an amazing opportunity for a young boy from Brooklyn!
I made the move from New York to Hollywood after Tony Curtis. The first thing Tony said to me was, “Don’t let them give you a hard time about your Brooklyn accent.” But I wanted to expand my repertoire to other accents and dialects that would increase my versatility as an actor.
By 1956 I was cast in “The Unguarded Moment” with the famous swimming star Esther Williams. It was her first non-swimming role.
“The Appaloosa” was not only one of my favorite Westerns because I enjoyed working with Marlon Brando, but also because several suggestions and scenes I wrote were incorporated into the movie.
My best-known movie was “Enter The Dragon” with Bruce Lee. This film is now part of history, archived in the Library of Congress.
I also appeared in many Italian films, mainly in the spaghetti western and police thriller genres.While there I improved my Italian.
Yes, I have recently appeared in a number of independent films and also appeared in several television series. The most recent was Showtime series Master of Horror and the Si Fi channel.
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To this day, Horlick’s malted milk legacy lives on in both ice cream and icy mountains. After the company offered a $30,000 sponsorship to Richard Byrd’s expedition to reach the South Pole in 1933, Byrd rewarded his benefactors with a lasting honor. Situated just east of Antarctica’s Reedy Glacier are the Horlick Mountains.Gastro Obscura: Horlicks Malted Milk
Horlicks is a malted milk hot drink developed by founders James & William Horlick. It was first sold as “Horlick’s Infant and Invalids Food,” soon adding “aged and travelers” to their label. In the early 20th century it was sold as a powdered meal replacement drink mix. It is now marketed as a nutritional supplement and manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (Consumer Healthcare) in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Jamaica.
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