On this day in 1659, the British Baroque composer Henry Purcell was born. Here is his In vain the Am’rous Flute:
Architect John Soane was born in 1753. The father of pragmatism Charles Sanders Peirce was born in 1839. Expressionist painter Marianne von Werefkin was born in 1860. Physicist Arthur Compton was born in 1892.
Golfer Arnold Palmer is 84 today. Screenwriter Bo Goldman is 81. Singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano is 68. Speaking of animal actors, Bill O’Reilly is 64. He is a truly awful person. Actor Amy Irving is 60. One of the worst film directors ever, Chris Columbus is 55. And another not very good film director, Guy Ritchie is 45.
The day, however, belongs to actor Colin Firth who is 53 today. I like him well enough, but I give him the day only because he is one of Andrea’s crushes. I still maintain that Matthew Macfadyen makes a much better Mr. Darcy than he does. But he’s still very good:
Happy birthday Colin Firth!