FYI December 28, 2020

On This Day

1967 – American businesswoman Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.[3]
Muriel Faye Siebert (September 12, 1928 – August 24, 2013) was an American businesswoman who was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and the first woman to head one of the NYSE’s member firms. She joined the 1,365 male members of the exchange on December 28, 1967. Siebert is sometimes known as the “first woman of finance”, despite being preceded in owning a brokerage by Victoria Woodhull.



Born On This Day

1722 – Eliza Lucas, Caribbean-American agriculturalist (d. 1793)
Elizabeth Lucas Pinckney (nickname, “Eliza”; December 28, 1722 – May 27, 1793)[1] changed agriculture in colonial South Carolina, where she developed indigo as one of its most important cash crops. Its cultivation and processing as dye produced one-third the total value of the colony’s exports before the Revolutionary War. Manager of three plantations,[2] Mrs. Pinckney had a major influence on the colonial economy.

In the 20th century, Eliza Pinckney was the first woman to be inducted into South Carolina’s Business Hall of Fame.




David Anthony Rice (June 8, 1951 – December 25, 2020) was an American guitarist and bluegrass musician. He was an influential acoustic guitar player in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass and flattop acoustic jazz.[2][3] He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2013.[4]

Rice’s music spans the range of acoustic from traditional bluegrass to jazz-influenced New Acoustic music to songwriter-oriented folk. Over the course of his career, he played alongside J. D. Crowe and the New South, David Grisman (during the formation of “Dawg Music”) and Jerry Garcia, led his own Tony Rice Unit, collaborated with Norman Blake, recorded with his brothers Wyatt, Ron, and Larry, and co-founded the Bluegrass Album Band. He recorded with drums, piano, soprano sax, as well as with traditional bluegrass instrumentation.[5][6]

Tony Rice died at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina on December 25, 2020. He died while making his coffee, according to a statement from longtime friend and collaborator Ricky Skaggs[7].

By Michael Astley-Brown, Guitar World: Tony Rice, bluegrass flatpicking master, dies aged 69: guitarists pay tribute


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