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This Day in the Arts: August 13


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.


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


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


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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