Vol MMXIII, No 205
July 24, 2005
Lance Armstrong wins 7th Tour de France
Born This Date
Opera star Josephine Lucchese born in San Antonio
On this date in 1893, opera sensation Josephine Lucchese was born to Sam and Frances (Battaglia) Lucchese. Josephine studied voice under Madam Virginia Colombati, and in 1920 she made her opera debut in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann singing the part of Olympia.
Over the next decade Josephine toured throughout the United States and Europe. It was there that she was dubbed "The American Nightengale." She continued to appear in opera companies in Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia at a time when it was practically impossible to be taken seriously in opera without first receiving formal training in Italy.
Upon her retirement from opera, Josephine taught voice at the University of Texas from 1956 to 1968.
Armstrong Wins No 7
PARIS FR (2005)
On this date in 2005, Lance Armstrong from Austin, slipped into the winner's jersey at the end of his 7th Tour de France. Following a victory lap around the Champs Elysses, in which he waved to the crowd, and fellow cyclists waved the American Flag, Armstrong announced that at 34, he was retiring from cycling. A cancer survivor, Armstrong continues to work with his foundation in the fight against the deadly disease.
Actor, Sherman Hemsley, George Jefferson, Dies
On this date in 2012, stage and television actor Sherman Hemsley died at his home in El Paso Texas.
Hemsley appeared in numerous stage rolls, including the Broadway production of Purlie. It was while on Broadway, that Norman Lear asked Hemsley to play the roll of George Jefferson in the hit television show, "All in the Family". Hemsley was reluctant to leave Broadway, so Lear held the roll open for him. Two years later, Hemsley joined his new television family, against such memorable characters as Archie Bunker and Meat Head.
Within two years, The Jeffersons was spun off into it's own sitcom, and remained a television success for the next 11 years. After the show ended, Hemsley continued to do occasional appearances with his co-star Isabel Sanford.
Hemsley was very private, never married, and gave few interviews. He was 74.