On This Day
1800 – Via the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, Spain cedes Louisiana to France, which would sell the land to the United States thirty months later.
The Third Treaty of San Ildefonso was a secret agreement signed on 1 October 1800 between the Spanish Empire and the First French Republic by which Spain agreed in principle to exchange its North American colony of Louisiana for territories in Tuscany. The terms were later confirmed by the March 1801 Treaty of Aranjuez.
Born On This Day
1913 – Dorothy Woolfolk, American writer and editor (d. 2000)
Dorothy A. Woolfolk née Dorothy Roubicek (October 1, 1913 – November 27, 2000) was one of the first women in the American comic-book industry. As an editor at DC Comics, one of the two largest companies in the field, during the 1940s period historians and fans call the Golden Age of Comic Books, she is credited with helping to create the fictional metal Kryptonite in the Superman mythos.
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Jessye Norman (September 15, 1945 – September 30, 2019) was an American opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman was associated with roles such as Wagner’s Sieglinde, Ariadne by Richard Strauss, Gluck’s Alceste, Beethoven’s Leonore, and both Cassandre and Dido in Les Troyens by Berlioz.
Norman made a career in Europe, where winning the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1969 led to a contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She made her operatic début as Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, followed by appearing as Verdi’s Aida at La Scala in Milan. She sang and recorded recitals of music by Schubert, Brahms, Chausson, Poulenc, Mahler and Strauss, among others. She sang at the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan, at Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th birthday celebration, and performed the La Marseillaise to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution on July 14, 1989. She sang at the 1996 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Atlanta and for the second inauguration of Bill Clinton.
Norman was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and became a Spingarn Medalist in 2013. Apart from several honorary doctorates and other awards, she also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Medal of Arts, and was a member of the British Royal Academy of Music.
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According to Click 2 Houston, Solis was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in 2002 for aggravated kidnapping but was released on parole in 2014. His parole would have expired in 2022.
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This presentation from The Dementia Action Collaborative of Washington State provides a good overview the Alzheimer’s Cafe model.
The National Alzheimer’s Cafe Alliance is an umbrella organization for those who run memory cafes. Their website includes resources, a directory of cafes, a podcast, and a how-to. Visit their Words Matter page to ensure you’re not inadvertently using language that some people with dementia or caregivers may find offensive.
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What justice can they get?
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