Almanac – October 29

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.

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1917 – Eddie Constantine born.  American French actor and singer who spent his career working in Europe, where he became well known for a series of French B movies in which he played secret agent Lemmy Caution and is now best remembered for his role in Jean-Luc Godard’s philosophical science fiction film Alphaville (1965).
He also appeared in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (as himself in Beware of a Holy Whore,  1971), Lars von Trier, and Mika Kaurismäki. He continued reprising the role of Lemmy Caution well into his 70s; his final appearance as the character was in Jean-Luc Godard’s Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (1991).

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1918 – The German High Seas Fleet was incapacitated when sailors mutinied on the night of the 29th-30th, an action which would trigger the German Revolution of 1918–1919.

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1949 – George Gurdjieff died.   An influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that the vast majority of humanity lives their entire lives in a state of hypnotic “waking sleep,” but that it was possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential.

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1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

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1997 – Anton LaVey died. The founder of the Church of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, and musician. He was the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a synthesized system of his understanding of human nature and the insights of philosophers who advocated materialism and individualism, for which he claimed no supernatural or theistic inspiration.

 

 

 

 

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