Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar virtuoso, born this day in 1920. He, of course, hired the Beatles to be his backup band (playing cymbals and waving incense mainly) in 1966. The rest, as they say, is history. Shankar has since fathered successful children, like Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. And the Beatles? Well, whatever happened to those guys? Nobody plays their cymbal/incense music anymore.

Billie Holiday also born this day in 1915, sadly living only into her forties and gone long before Shankar discovered the fab four.

Speaking of the Fab Four, today is the birthday of Patricia Bennett of The Chiffons. So what? you ask. So what?!? I respond increduously, extending the punctuation. Here's So What: The Chiffons first hit was "He's So Fine" (went to #1 in both US and UK). That's the song that George Harrison, of the Shankar backup band fame, plagarized for his #1 hit "My Sweet Lord". Coincidence? You decide!

First performance of Ludwig von Beethoven' s 3rd Symphony in 1805. (CDs of symphonies number 1 and 2 were on sale in the lobby at intermission and after the performance, according to wikipedia.)