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It Happened Today: February 21

Barbara Jordan & Nancy Earl: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4139108.html

Barbara Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the United States House of Representatives, and the first to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. Jordan's partner of close to 30 years was Nancy Earl. Jordan met Earl, an educational psychologist who would become an occasional speech writer to Jordan, on a camping trip in the late 1960s.

Francisco X. Alarcón (born February 21, 1954): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3079133.html

Francisco Xavier Alarcón is an American poet and educator. He is an award-winning poet and educator who was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including, FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF NIGHT: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, SONNETS TO MADNESS AND OTHER MISFORTUNES, SNAKE POEMS: AN AZTEC INVOCATION, DE AMOR OSCURO / OF DARK LOVE. He is also an acclaimed children's author who is able to write his books both in English and Spanish.

Hubert de Givenchy (born February 21, 1927): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3471865.html

Count Hubert de Givenchy is a French aristocrat and fashion designer who founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. He is famous for having designed much of the personal and professional wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, as well as clothing for clients such as Jacqueline Kennedy. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970. Hubert de Givenchy retired from fashion design in 1995. In January 2007, La Poste issued postage stamps for the St. Valentine's Day designed by Givenchy.

Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/740279.html

Havemercy is a stunning epic fantasy debut: a world brimming with natural and man-made wonders, extraordinary events, and a crisis that will test the mettle of men, the boundaries of magic, and the heart and soul of a kingdom. Thanks to its elite Dragon Corps, the capital city of Volstov has all but won the hundred years’ war with its neighboring enemy, the Ke-Han. The renegade airmen who fly the corps’s mechanical, magic-fueled dragons are Volstov’s greatest weapon.

Jane Bowles & Cherifa: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3579658.html

Jane Bowles was a writer and playwright. Paul Bowles introduced Jane to Cherifa (Amina Bakalia) working in the grain market near the bottom of the Grand Hotel Villa de France, who will become Jane's live-in partner. Later Jane wrote: “I love Tangier. But like a dying person. When Tetum and Cherifa die I might leave. But we are all three of us the same age, more or less. Tetum older, Cherifa a bit younger. I’d like to buy them meat and fish and oil so that they will stay alive longer."

John Henry Newman & Ambrose St. John: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4216037.html

John Henry Newman was an important figure in the religious history of England. The Reverend Father Ambrose St. John was an English Oratorian. He is now best known as a lifelong friend of Cardinal Newman. Newman wrote: "I have ever thought no bereavement was equal to that of a husband's or a wife's, but I feel it difficult to believe that any can be greater, or any one's sorrow greater, than mine." In accordance with his expressed wishes, Cardinal Newman was buried in the grave with Fr. St. John.

Paul Bowles & Jane Bowles: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1349546.html

Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. Jane Bowles (born Jane Sydney Auer) was an American writer and playwright. Jane spent her life examining lesbian identity with an honest and sardonic wit. Jane's adventures in the lesbian and gay bars of Greenwich Village, and her open pursuit of women lovers, caused her mother and her family consternation. In 1937, she was introduced to Paul--himself a homosexual--and agreed to marry him.

Tiziano Ferro (born February 21, 1980): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4216237.html

Tiziano Ferro is an Italian pop singer. His 2001 hit single "Perdono" has remained successful since then in his home country. Convinced that he would have to give up his career if the truth about his sexuality were ever revealed, he kept family and friends at a distance, living alone in England. His desperation led him to break down and come out to his father, an event that inspired the title of his book, Trent'anni e una chiacchierata con papà. The following year Ferro moved back to Italy.

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