On August 3, 1926, Tony Bennett was born. Bennett began his musical career 70 years ago as a pop star, later becoming one of the finest singers of standards from the Great American Songbook.
On July 28, 1866, Beatrix Potter was born. Potter was the author and illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and more than 20 other animal stories for children, books which remain popular more than a century after they were written.
On July 17, 1925, Jimmy Scott was born. Scott was a jazz singer with two distinct career phases. His music in the 1940s and 1950s sat on the boundary of jazz and R&B; when he reappeared in the 1990s and 2000s, it was as a singer of traditional jazz ballads.
On July 19, 1860, Lizzie Borden was born. Borden was the defendant in one of the 19th century’s most notorious murder trials, acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother. The case was so widely discussed that it became a children’s jump-rope rhyme:
On July 10, 1925, the trial of Tennessee high school teacher John T. Scopes began in Dayton, Tennessee. Scopes was charged with teaching the theory of evolution, in violation of a recently passed state law.
On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was published. Controversial at the time, Leaves of Grass is now acknowledged as one of the most important American collections of poetry.