Almanac – September 8

1873 – Alfred Jarry born. French writer.  Best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896), which is often cited as a forerunner to the surrealist theatre of the 1920s and 1930s, Jarry wrote in a variety of genres and styles including plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism. His texts present some pioneering work in the field of absurdist literature
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He also  invented ‘Pataphysics – a philosophy or pseudophilosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics – “the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments.”  Jarry considered Hippocrates of Chios and Sophrotatos the Armenian as the fathers of this “science”.

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1888 –  Annie Chapman murdered – generally reckoned to be the second victim of Jack the Ripper.

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1944 –  London is hit by a V-2 rocket for the first time. Launched  from The Hague  at 6:43 p.m. it  landed at Chiswick, killing 63-year-old Mrs. Ada Harrison, 3-year-old Rosemary Clarke, and Sapper Bernard Browning on leave from the Royal Engineers.

1966 – The Severn Bridge  is officially opened. A motorway suspension bridge spanning the River Severn and River Wye between Aust, South Gloucestershire (just north of Bristol) in England, and Chepstow, Monmouthshire in South Wales, via Beachley, Gloucestershire, a peninsula between the two rivers.

 

I’ve walked across it twice – once in each direction.

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1999 – Moondog died. Born Louis Thomas Hardin, he was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments.

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