Elton John is BornIt was on this day in 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex that Reginald Kenneth Dwight, better known as Elton John, was born. By the age of three, John was already playing the piano and after playing for family and friends, he finally got serious and took up formal piano lessons at the age of seven. When John was 11-years-old, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and stayed there for five years. When he began to get serious about a music career, his father tried to convince him to move toward a more conventional job like banking. In 1967 John met Bernie Taupin when they both answered an advert for songwriters. The two have been working together ever since. For two years, they wrote songs for other singers, but in 1969, John’s first album, Empty Sky, was released. His second album shot John to fame when the 1970 single, “Your Song,” reached the Top 10 in both the UK and the US. Together, John and Taupin have worked on over 30 albums throughout their careers. Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, has had more than 50 Top 40 hit songs and has written music for Disney’s The Lion King (both the movie and the Broadway musical) as well as Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. Finally, John has won five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, one Oscar, one Golden Globe, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends Award and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
March 25, 31 AD
Easter and its’ surrounding holidays are considered to be “moveable feasts” in that they do not adhere to a fixed date like Christmas or Valentine’s Day. It is believed that the very first Easter was held today in the year 31 AD according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguss. In Western Christianity, using the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Some countries celebrate “Easter Monday,” the day after Easter and many people are excused from work on that holiday.