Almanac – September 22

1780 – Captain William Lynch‘s name was immortalised when he issued a proclamation in Virginia, saying that if citizens believed the official course of justice was not strong enough, they should take the law into their own hands – hence   “lynching”.

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1921 – Climbers on the first Everest reconnaissance expedition saw a number of enourmous footprints in a snowfield 20,000 ft up, where they had earlier seen dark shapes moving about. Sherpa porters said they were the tracks of a hairy man-beast they called metoh or mehteh kangmi. Or as a journalist in search, as ever, of a snappy headline had it – the Abominable Snowman.

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1957 – Nick Cave born.  Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor,  best known for his work as a frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds,  and previously The Birthday Party.

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1979 – The Vela Incident (also known as the South Atlantic Flash)  observed near Bouvet Island, South Atlantic –  an unidentified “double flash” of light that was detected by an American Vela Hotel satellite. Meteorite strike or possible nuclear explosion by parties unknown ? Or maybe the satellite malfunctioned ?  The jury still seems to be out.

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2007 – Marcel Marceau died. French actor and mime artist.

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