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This Day in the Arts: August 13

1876:

German composer Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen premieres in the new Bayreuth Festspielhaus, which Wagner had built especially for it.

1899:

Motion picture director and producer Alfred Hitchcock, noted for his technically innovative and psychologically complex thrillers, is born in England.

1942:

Bambi, Walt Disney’s fifth animated feature, opens at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

1986:

One month to the day before his 75th birthday, the U.S. Senate passes a resolution honoring Kentucky native Bill Monroe. Known as the “father of bluegrass,” Monroe wrote songs like “Blue Moon of Kentucky” that have been covered by both rock and bluegrass artists.


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