On this day 410 years ago, the Dutch master portrait painter Rembrandt was born. His works, signed only with his first name, were revered while he was still in his early 20’s. Rembrandt wanted to be the best in the world. He painted not with emotion but with intellect. (1606)
— Pictured are two self portraits.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta and it later became the key to deciphering hieroglyphics due to its inclusion of a Greek translation (1799)
- 18 Nobel laureate scientists signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons and within one year 34 more –mostly chemists and physicists– joined the German nuclear scientists Otto Hahn and Max Born in calling for an end to such radioactive and perilous bombs (1955)
- President Richard Nixon announced he would visit the People’s Republic of China to seek a ”normalization of relations” (1971)
- The Mozilla (non-profit) Foundation was established to support and provide leadership for open source software, like its browser, Firefox (2003)
Notable Birthdays: Actor Forest Whitaker (55); Guitarist Joe Satriani (60)