Gainsborough was a British landscape and portrait painter. While he painted landscapes for pleasure, portraiture was his profession. In 1759, he moved to the fashionable spa of Bath, where his works would be seen by a wider—and wealthier—public. During that time, he developed a lucrative portrait practice and completed his famous The Blue Boy. He was a favorite of the royal family and appears to have been preferred above his rival, what other famous portrait painter?
Back in the day
Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, originally created Hersheypark for his employees. Situated along a creek, it was a good spot for boating, picnicking, and enjoying baseball, which is what visitors did on the park's first day in 1907. The next year, the park added its first ride, a carousel. Over the decades, as the park acquired more attractions, it grew from a regional amusement to a national attraction. The entrance sign once directed "ye who enter here" to do what?
Born on a day like today
A onetime screenwriter, Grafton began writing detective novels after a bitter and protracted custody battle left her daydreaming about the vengeful crimes she would have liked to commit but could not. As a means of escape, she created private detective Kinsey Millhone, the protagonist in a series of alphabet-titled novels such as A is for Alibi and B is for Burglar. After G Is for Gumshoe, she was able to quit screenwriting. Why won't she sell the film rights to her books?