Wednesday, 30 June 2021

1369) Annie Horniman

Annie Elizabeth Fredericka Horniman CH (1860 – 1937). English theatre patron and manager. She established the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and founded the first regional repertory theatre company in Britain at the Gaiety Theatre in Manchester. She encouraged the work of new writers and playwrights, including W. B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and members of what became known as the Manchester School of dramatists.
In 1890 she joined the occult society, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where she remained a member until disagreements with its leaders led to her resignation in 1903.
- "Annie was a pretty child with large blue eyes, long, wavy red-gold hair, and clear, fair skin, but she lost this fairy-tale beauty as she grew up."



Tuesday, 29 June 2021

1368) Sergei Utochkin

Sergei Utochkin (1876 – 1916). Russian cyclist, sportsman and aviator. Utochkin had a nickname "the Man of all kind of sport" and "the Academician of sports" - swimming, diving, rowing and sailing, running, pistol shooting, ice skating, fencing, soccer, tennis, horse riding, wrestling, boxing.

He was the first man who rode down the famous Potemkin Stairs by cycle and car.
- "He was taller than average, stooped, long-armed, red-haired, with blue eyes and white eyelashes, all freckled." 
- "Perhaps only the most famous artists were so well known as that joyful fiery red-haired man, a brave and chivalrous noble - favorite of all of Odessa."
- "The fiery red-haired man in a straw boater - a bold Russian aviator, Utochkin - was sitting in the box."