Almanac – November 17

1307 – The day William Tell is reputed to have shot the apple off of his son’s head.

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1558‘Bloody Mary’ Mary I of England – died.

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This allowed Elizabeth I  to take the throne. From 1568 this date was marked with the ringing of bells and subsequently became known as Queen Elizabeth’s Day, celebrated with increasing fervour as her reign progressed, and long after her death the observance continued as a day for Protestant rejoicing and exporession of anti-Catholic feeling, including triumphal parades and processions, the preaching of sermons against papalism and burning the Pope’s effigy.

After all, you’ve got to have someone to hate, haven’t you, even if its just another branch of the same religion

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1790 – August Ferdinand Möbius born.  German mathematician and theoretical astronomer,  best known for his discovery of the Möbius strip, a non-orientable two-dimensional surface with only one side when embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space.

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1907 – Israel Regardie born.  British occultist and writer, author of books on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, one time secretary to Aleister Crowley.

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1922 – J.T. Walton Newbold became the first British M.P. elected as a  communist, representing Motherwell, Scotland.

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1968 – Mervyn Peake died.  English writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. Although he gained little popular success in his lifetime, his work was highly respected by his peers, and his friends included Dylan Thomas and Graham Greene.

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