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- that A Date With Luyu is a popular Chinese television talk show whose host, Chen Luyu, has been called "China's Oprah"?
- that Aaron Scotus was an 11th century Scottish music theorist who served as abbot of St Martin in Cologne and St Pantaleon at the same time?
- that Abramino dall'Arpa was an Italian harpist who, in 1587, accompanied the dying Guglielmo I Gonzaga on a trip to Goito and comforted the Duke with his playing?
- that Abramo dall'Arpa was a 16th century Italian harpist who instructed Ferdinand I's children in music?
- that Alan Golder, an American burglar who specialized in stealing jewelry from mansions, was arrested in Antwerp, Belgium in December 2006?
- that despite denouncing Fidel Castro's 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks, Cuban politician Carlos Rafael Rodríguez () became one of Castro's most trusted allies after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, and served as Cuba's Vice President?
- that Chappell & Co. was a music publishing and piano manufacturing firm founded in London in 1810 and sold to Warner Bros. in 1987?
- that, according to one account, after Thomas Attwood accused fellow composer Charles Edward Horn () of plagiarizing a song, Horn helped clear himself in court by singing his version and that of Attwood's?
- that English musician and composer Charles Frederick Horn () served as personal music tutor to Queen Charlotte?
- that Cuban economist Felipe Pazos () was ordered to be executed by Raúl Castro in 1959, but was ultimately spared and allowed to leave Cuba?
- that prolific music publisher George E. Blake () printed the first American edition of George Frideric Handel's Messiah?
- that Giovanni Battista Abbatessa was a 17th century Italian composer and guitarist whose works included instructions for fingering and tuning of the guitar?
- that for helping endow a professorship of botany at the University of Oxford, James Sherard () was granted a doctorate in medicine by the university in 1731?
- that Jinguashi is a Taiwanese town whose historic gold and copper mines led it to be named a potential World Heritage site in 2002?
- that from 1787 to 1793, American music printer John Aitken () was the only publisher of sheet music in the United States?
- that printer John Day () was imprisoned in the Tower of London under Mary I for printing "naughty books"?
- that English printer John Windet () printed composer Tobias Hume's First Part of Ayres (1605), which contains what may be the earliest examples of pizzicato and col legno?
- that English printer John Wolfe's () business practices so incensed his contemporaries, they compared him to Machiavelli?
- that Japanese sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, whose strict demeanor inspired comparisons to Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" character, once ejected actress Charlize Theron from his restaurant?
- that Les Anges Exterminateurs (Exterminating Angels) is a French film that screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival?
- that Luigi Zenobi was a virtuoso Italian cornet player who, in 1583, became the most highly paid musician in the Este Court of Ferrara at the time?
- that Nabnitu is an ancient encyclopedic work of the Old Babylonian period and contains one of the oldest extant documented examples of musical notation?
- that Paul Secon () was an unemployed writer and musician living in New York City when he founded Pottery Barn in 1950?
- that Pietro Abbà Cornaglia was a 19th century Italian composer, organist, and concert pianist who founded a music school in Alessandria?
- that Ralph "Petey" Greene () overcame a drug addiction and prison sentence to become an Emmy Award-winning radio and television talk show host and a guest at the White House?
- that Cuban politician Raúl Chibás () defected to the United States via motor boat to Miami after initially supporting Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution?
- that English printer John Day raided the printing premises of his son, Richard Day (), after the latter had pirated his father's works and illicitly published his own versions?
- that upon graduating from Arts Educational Schools, London, English actress Riann Steele was cast in various Royal Shakespeare Company productions, including its acclaimed production of Hamlet which was subsequently adapted for the screen by the BBC?
- that music printer Robert Birchall () published the first English edition of Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in 1810?
- that Scottish music publisher Robert Bremner () disagreed with his former violin teacher Francesco Geminiani's opinion on vibrato, and removed a passage advocating its use from a 1777 reissue of Geminiani's The Art of Playing on the Violin?
- that Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Robert A. Sturgell once served as a flight instructor for the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, popularly known as TOPGUN?
- that English poet and musician Robert Wydow () is the earliest known recipient of a Bachelor of Music degree from Oxford University?
- that the Spartak Tennis Club is an elite tennis academy in Moscow, Russia, which, despite having only one indoor tennis court, has succeeded in grooming professional tennis players such as Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Anastasia Myskina, and Anna Kournikova?
- that many street cries, the short lyrical calls of merchants hawking their products and services, have been cataloged and incorporated into larger musical works?
- that English printer Thomas Adams () published John Dowland's The Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires out of his shop at Old St Paul's Cathedral?
- that German violinist Thomas Baltzar () helped premiere The Siege of Rhodes, thought to have been the first all-sung English opera, in 1656?
- that Truid Aagesen was a Danish composer who was appointed organist of the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen on 23 June 1593?
- that Vincentio Bastini was a 16th century Italian composer who lived his entire life in Lucca, where he was employed by the city as a cornettist and given a monthly salary of three scudi?
- that the Wa-Wan Press () was founded in 1901 by composer Arthur Farwell to publish works that incorporated traditional Native American music into new compositions?
- that in 1599, English bookseller William Barley () helped publish Anthony Holborne's Pavans, Galliards, Almains, the first work of music for instruments rather than voices to be printed in England?
- that William Clowes Ltd.'s () installation of noisy, steam-powered printing presses in 1823 irked the Duke of Northumberland so much that he brought its owner William Clowes to court?
- that the Woodstock of physics () refers to the marathon session of the American Physical Society’s March 1987 meeting that lasted until 3:15 AM and featured 51 presentations on superconductors?
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