ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY - BY ANN FOTHER­ING­HAM

1803: Com­poser Hec­tor Ber­lioz was born near Greno­ble.

1894: The first mo­tor show opened in Paris, with nine ex­hibitors.

1903: The first wildlife preser­va­tion so­ci­ety in Bri­tain was founded un­der the name The So­ci­ety for the Preser­va­tion of the Wild Fauna of the Em­pire.

1936: Ed­ward VIII, above, ab­di­cated as King af­ter a reign of 325 days, in favour of his brother, the Duke of York, who be­came King Ge­orge VI. The an­nounce­ment was made on BBC ra­dio at 10pm.

1945: London’s sec­ond Water­loo Bridge, de­signed by Sir Giles Gil­bert Scott, opened.

1967: The pro­to­type of the world’s first su­per­sonic air­liner, Con­corde, was re­vealed.

1988: An Ari­ane-4 rocket, car­ry­ing the As­tra 1A satel­lite to bring 16 tele­vi­sion chan­nels to Bri­tain, was launched from Kourou, French Guiana.

2001: Up to 30,000 Post Of­fice jobs were un­der threat.

2005: A se­ries of mas­sive ex­plo­sions at the Bunce­field oil de­pot near Hemel Hemp­stead in Hert­ford­shire led to an enor­mous fire at one of Bri­tain’s largest oil de­pots.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:

A new pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion made up of melt­ing ice blocks which aims to show the re­al­ity of cli­mate change was un­veiled in London.

FROM 1956 un­til 1983, Glas­gow’s Kelvin Hall was the city’s largest gig venue, play­ing host to an im­pres­sive ar­ray of mu­si­cians and bands.

First to ap­pear, on May 15, 1956, was Amer­i­can jazz trum­peter and vo­cal­ist Louis Arm­strong.

News of his con­cert, with full band in tow, made the news both here in Glas­gow and in Amer­ica, where the Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal even pub­lished a pic­ture of Arm­strong, dressed in a kilt, play­ing the bag­pipes.

The Evening Times ran a fea­ture about him be­fore the gig.

It said: “To­day he is the idol of jazz lovers and the most out­stand­ing trum­peter in its his­tory. Tonight he proves it in his Kelvin Hall con­certs be­fore thou­sands of his ad­mir­ers.”

The ar­ti­cle ex­plained how learn­ing the cor­net and be­ing taught how to read mu­sic in an or­phan­age kick-started his suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

“God bless that or­phan­age: ev­ery year I send my old horn to the kids there,” he was quoted as say­ing.

Arm­strong was born in Louisiana in 1901, the son of a fac­tory worker, in a neigh­bor­hood so poor it was nick­named ‘The Bat­tle­field’.

Af­ter leav­ing the or­phan­age at the age of 15, he worked odd jobs while play­ing in bars at night.

One of the great­est cor­net play­ers in town, Joe “King” Oliver, took young Arm­strong un­der his wing, and his mu­si­cal rep­u­ta­tion be­gan to grow.

He is best known for songs like What a Won­der­ful World, Hello, Dolly, Star Dust and La Vie En Rose.

The Kelvin Hall gig in 1956 wasn’t the first time the fa­mous per­former, known around the world as Satchmo, had ap­peared on stage in Glas­gow.

In 1933, he toured Europe with his band, and in­cluded a night at the Pavil­ion Theatre.

The Evening Times said at the

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