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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
(18 November 1836 – 29 May 1911) was a British dramatist
and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas
produced in collaboration
with the composer
Sir Arthur Sullivan
. Gilbert's most popular collaborations with Sullivan, including H.M.S. Pinafore
, The Pirates of Penzance
, and The Mikado
(one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre) and most of their other Savoy operas
continue to be performed regularly today throughout the English-speaking world and beyond by opera companies, repertory companies, schools and community theatre groups. Lines from these works have permanently entered the English language, including "short, sharp shock
", "What never? Well, hardly ever!", and "let the punishment fit the crime". (Read more...)
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his portrayal of Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the AMC series Breaking Bad, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award at the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards and was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards. He is well known for his roles in Spike Lee films such as Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Mo' Better Blues. Other notable films include The Usual Suspects and King of New York. He has portrayed Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Major Tom Neville in the NBC series Revolution.
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On this day – May 23
Did you know
- ... that Kentucky native Morton M. McCarver (pictured) helped found Burlington, Iowa, and Linnton, Oregon, before helping draft the California Constitution and founding Tacoma, Washington?
- ... that George Bazeley, Mark Paterson, Liam de Young, Tim Deavin and Andrew Charter moved to Perth so they could train with the Australia men's national field hockey team?
- ... that Janja Kantakouzenos was executed together with his two brothers, four sons, and twelve grandchildren?
- ... that the Beirut-based actor and visual artist Rabih Mroué had to premiere a piece in Tokyo because it was banned at home?
- ... that Ali al-Sulayhi, originally an Ismaili missionary, brought all of Yemen under the control of his Sulayhid dynasty before capturing Mecca in 1063?
- ... that Sanusi Pane has been called the most important Indonesian dramatist prior to the national revolution?
- ... that Itō Chūta was the leading architect of early twentieth-century Imperial Japan?
Quote of the week
"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?"
— Albert Einstein