Tuesday, October 13, 2009

On October 13

On this day in ...
... 1934 (75 years ago today) , a daughter, Ioanna, was born on the Greek island of Crete, to parents who worked in the town's movie theater. The family moved to the Greek capital, where the father became part of the resistance against Nazi occupation. After World War II the girl, known by her nickname, Nana Mouskouri (left), attended the Athens Conservatoire, turned from opera to jazz and contemporary music, and eventually became "one of the world's best-selling female recording artists of all time," having recording in more than 8 languages. (Below, she sings "Adieu Angeline" on a French show.) In 1993 she became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a position made vacant by the death of Audrey Hepburn. Mouskouri's mission to Bosnia led her to give a series of concerts in Sweden and Belgium to raise funds for Bosnian children; her UNICEF activities have spanned the globe. (credit for photo (c) UNICEF) She served as an elected Member of the European Parliament from 1994-99, and now lives in Switzerland.

(Prior October 13 posts are here and here.)

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