Almanac – September 20

1498 – The 1498 Meiō Nankaidō earthquake generated a tsunami that washed away the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Ever since,  the Buddha has sat in the open air.

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1885 – Jelly Roll Morton born.  American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer.

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1933 – Annie Besant died. British socialist, Theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self rule.

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