It's time again for the American Treasure Tour blog to revisit the collection of vinyl albums on display in the Music Room. Our analysts recognize the necessity to offer a changing spectrum of topics for the blog to ensure maintaining the attention of our loyal readers, and how better than to talk about the popular Philadelphia-based band The Hooters!
It could not be said that the Hooters had it easy. The band, formed in 1980, did concerts up and down the east coast for many years, performing in high schools and smaller venues before members of the band got their big break - to perform on the Cyndi Lauper album She's So Unusual in 1983. The same year saw the release of the Hooters' first album Amore with limited distribution. When their second album, Nervous Night, came out in 1984 on a major label, and included the songs "All You Zombies" and "And We Danced," they received international attention. They toured Europe and Australia, coming back to Philadelphia to open the Live Aid concert of 1985. The band continues to perform in concert, and recently released their seventh studio album.
Live Aid was a dual-location concert event on July 13, 1985 organized to provide charity relief to starving children in Ethiopia. With one of the concerts located in Philadelphia, in what city was the other concert held simultaneously?
a) Liverpool, England
b) Edinburgh, Scotland
c) Paris, France
d) London, England
e) Los Angeles, California
Texas had been considered a part of the independent country of Mexico for only twelve years in 1836, and for the last three its largely-American population had been fighting to break away. Mexican dictator and military leader Santa Ana refused to let them go without a fight and the Texas Revolution began. It didn't last very long - six months, two weeks and five days to be exact - with the Battle of the Alamo proving to be one of the most notable events in the struggle. It officially ended on this day in 1836 when Texian forces under General Sam Houston completely destroyed the Mexican forces and captured Santa Ana in the process. 1,360 Mexican soldiers were killed or captured, while exactly nine Texians died. Texas was free, but deep in debt. They would enter the United States in 1845 with the understanding that the federal government would pay their creditors.
Opening today in 1962, the Century 21 Exhibition opened, more familiarly known as the Seattle World's Fair. It was intended as a celebration of America's victories in the space race and, that theme in mind, inspired such innovations as the monorail and the space needle, both survivors of the event. The event lasted until October 21st, and was regarded as a success despite the Soviet Union's unwillingness to participate. President John Kennedy had to cancel his appearance at the closing ceremony, though, due to an event that would come to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
We at the ATT blog certainly hope that you are as big a fan of John Muir as we are! Born April 21, 1838 in Scotland who emigrated to Wisconsin with his family when he was eleven. Muir wandered through life for a number of years - quite literally. When he was 29, he walked 1,000 miles from Indiana to Florida looking for untouched nature before he found himself on the west coast, heading for Yosemite. He fell in love with the serene beauty of the land, and made it his life's mission to preserve it from those who would exploit it, co-founding the Sierra Club to help publicize the need for land preservation and eventually inspiring President Theodore Roosevelt to work towards the same goals. More than almost any American before him, John Muir laid the groundwork for the National Park Service through his passion and efforts, despite his avoidance of politics. For all of that, he deserves our thanks.
Another birthday call-out goes to Mexican-American actor Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, more familiarly known as Anthony Quinn. The son of a Mexican freedom fighter who rode with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, Quinn was born today in 1915. The family moved to the States early in Quinn's life, where he explored a few different careers, training in architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright prior to signing on with a film studio and played bit parts as Indians, Hawaiian chieftains, Chinese guerillas, Mafia dons, and various other characters before his big break as Marlon Brando's brother in Viva Zapata! for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, the first Mexican-American to receive the honor. He starred in a strong of exceptional films, including They Died With Their Boots On (1941), La Strada (1954), The Guns of Navarone (1961) and The Old Man and the Sea in 1990. Quinn's paintings have received critical praise, and he also wrote a number of memoirs of his very colorful life. He died in 2001 and is buried in Bristol, Rhode Island.
In Europe, and actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum. - Anthony Quinn
Answer: d) London, England