For three decades now Robert Smith (born on this day in 1959) has been the voice of disaffected loners everywhere; before their were goths - before art school chic went mainstream, and long before boys like Noel Fielding and Russell Brand were ratting their hair and slathering on makeup with any regularity - even as England was being overrun with punks in 1976, he and his rag-tag band were The Cure...
So even as the band was attaining its greatest popularity, more than a decade after they were formed, Smith's angst, like his art, was holding up a mirror to the band's yearning fans. With the same kind of cheek that drove Morrissey of The Smiths to croon Never Had No One Ever in front of a screaming crowd ready to acquiesce to his every whim sexual or otherwise, Robert Smith was warbling Why Can't I Be You? - from The Cure's 1987 albumKiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - at a massed assemblage of his own wannabes. * share on: facebook
[Peter Paul Rubens really outdid himself with this fanciful rendering of carbohydrate-enhanced tots Romulus and Remus, who were said to be the sons of the vestal virgin Rhea Silvia and the god of war, Mars; rather than have them killed, the legend goes, their mother abandoned them on the banks of the River Tiber, whereupon the river deity Tiberinus delivered them safely to a she-wolf who suckled them and raised them as her own. Considering what must have been a fairly ghastly time in foster care, together they founded a great city which Romulus reigned over as its first King. Aside from the fact that he had to kill Remus to do it, of course, it would have been idyllic, although following his own death he was deified as Quirinus - the divine persona of the Roman people - so I guess in the end they forgave him... Unless it's all a great big metaphor like the rest of religion and the twins were actually fathered by an Army officer and raised by a prostitute (who were known as 'she-wolves'); either way, it goes a long way towards proving that the surreal films Federico Fellini made about Rome were actually, as he has insisted, 'documentaries'.]
1142 - Pierre Abélard - of Héloïse and Abelard fame - died at the priory of St. Marcel, near Chalon-sur-Saône; initially buried there, his remains were later given secretly to Héloïse, who was herself buried beside them after her death in May 1164. Their tomb can be found in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris, although there is some debate as to where they are actually buried.
1792 - Tiradentes - a revolutionary and leader of the movement for Brazilian Independence - was hanged and quartered in Rio de Janeiro at a square which now bears his name, the Praça Tiradentes. The day is now celebrated as a holiday in Brazil.
1922 - The first Aggie Muster was held by Texas A&M University as a remembrance for fellow alumnus (known colloquially as Aggies) who had died in the previous year; the date chosen is also San Jacinto Day, the commemoration of the Battle of San Jacinto during which Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836.
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