Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French
composer. He was seen, during his lifetime and afterwards, as the first
Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was
among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. Born to a family of modest means, he was admitted at the age
of 10 to France's leading music college, the Conservatoire de Paris. He
originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative
composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire's conservative
professors. He took many years to develop his mature style, and was
nearly 40 before achieving international fame in 1902 with the only
opera he completed, Pelléas et Mélisande. Debussy developed his own
style in the use of harmony and orchestral colouring. His works have
strongly influenced a wide range of composers, including Béla Bartók,
Olivier Messiaen, George Benjamin and the jazz pianist and composer Bill
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Under the leadership of Henry Durant and the International Red
Cross Committee, twelve European nations signed the First Geneva
Convention (signing pictured), establishing the rules for protection of
the victims of armed conflicts.
Japan annexed Korea with the signing of the Japan–Korea
Annexation Treaty, beginning a period of Japanese rule of Korea that
lasted until the end of World War II.
A fire broke out on British Airtours Flight 28M, causing 55
deaths mostly due to smoke inhalation and bringing about changes to make
aircraft evacuation more effective.
A series of ethnic clashes between the Orma and Pokomo tribes
of Kenya's Tana River District resulted in the deaths of at least 52
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. A defined, usually paved, section of land for airplanes to land on or
take off from.
2. A narrow walkway (often on a platform) extending from a stage on
which people walk, especially one used by models during fashion shows.
3. The usual path taken by deer or other wild animals, such as from a
forest to a water source.
4. A stream bed.
5. (athletics) In javelin, long jump, and similar events: a short track
along which athletes can accelerate themselves for their jumps or
Wikiquote quote of the day:
And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it
reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and a privilege, not a
right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for
rewards back because it has favored us with animation. So while our
art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy,
greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.