Aug-9 (Pt 2): Sistine Chapel, Walden and other Debuts

In Part 1 of August 9 we review the explosive events of the day.  In Part 2 we review the significant debuts of the day especially the Sistine Chapel and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

1483

Opening of the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the papal residence that takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

1854

Publication of Walden

Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work Walden was published.

From Wikipedia: Walden enjoyed some success upon its release, but still took five years to sell 2,000 copies, and then went out of print until Thoreau’s death in 1862. Despite its slow beginnings, later critics have praised it as an American classic that explores natural simplicity, harmony, and beauty.

1930

Debut of Betty Boop

The animated character debuted in Dizzy Dishes.

1944

Smokey the Bear Debuts

The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bearfor the first time.

Birthdays

1927 – Actor Robert Shaw (d. 1978)

1928 – Celtic Legend Bob Cousy

1938 – Tennis Legend Rod Laver

1964 – Hockey Legend Brett Hull

1963 – Singer Whitney Houston (d. 2012)

 

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