The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman is the 22nd album by the American rock
group Sparks, released on August 14, 2009. The duo's first work in the
radio musical or pop opera genre, the album is built around an imaginary
visit to Hollywood by Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman in the mid-
1950s. Its storyline focuses on the divides between European and
American culture, between art and commerce. Unlike other Sparks albums,
the work is conceived as a single piece, to be listened to as a whole,
rather than a collection of stand-alone songs. The work was commissioned
by Sveriges Radio Radioteatern, the radio drama department of Sweden's
national radio broadcaster. First released in the Swedish broadcast
version in August 2009, with an English-language version following in
November 2009, it features a cast of Swedish and American actors and a
variety of musical styles ranging from opera to vaudeville and pop. The
album's recording was a collaborative effort, with music and English
vocals recorded by Sparks in the United States, and Swedish vocals
recorded by Sveriges Radio in Stockholm.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seduction_of_Ingmar_Bergman>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The United Kingdom formally annexed the Tristan da Cunha
archipelago, ruling it from the Cape Colony in South Africa.
Gustave Whitehead allegedly made a successful powered flight of
his Number 21 aircraft in Fairfield, Connecticut, US; if true, this
predates the Wright brothers by two years.
After a secret meeting off the Canadian coast, British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (both
pictured) issued the Atlantic Charter, establishing a vision for a post-
World War II world despite the fact that the United States had yet to
enter the war.
The current Constitution of Pakistan came into effect.
Greek Cypriot refugee Solomos Solomou was shot to death by
Turkish forces while trying to remove a Turkish flag from a flagpole in
the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
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2. (computing) A unit of time defined by the frequency of its basic
timer – historically, and by convention, 0.01 of a second, but
some computer operating systems use other values.
3. (electronics) The length of an alternating current power cycle (1/60 or
1/50 of a second).
4. (physics) The time taken for light to travel a specified distance in a
vacuum, usually one centimetre, but sometimes one foot or the width of a
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O, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!
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