Almanac – September 9

9 – An alliance Germanic tribes ambushed and annihilated three Roman legions in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.  It has been seen as a pivotal clash which ended Roman expansion into northern Europe. This notion became especially prevalent in the 19th century, where it formed an integral part of the mythology of German nationalism.

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1901 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died. French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800s yielded a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. He died from complications due to alcoholism and syphilis.

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1941 – Otis Redding born. American soul singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the major figures in soul music and rhythm and blues , and one of the greatest singers in popular music. His open-throated singing was an influence on other soul singers of the 1960s, and he helped to craft the lean and powerful style of R&B that formed the basis of the Stax Sound.

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