Almanac – January 03

1496 – Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested a flying machine.

 

 

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1892 – J. R. R. Tolkien born. English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

 

 

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1945 – Edgar Cayce died.  American psychic who allegedly possessed the ability to answer questions on subjects such as healing and wars, and  had visions of the world ending. He also gave a reading about Atlantis while in a hypnotic trance and  founded a nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment.  Skeptics challenge Cayce’s alleged psychic abilities and traditional Christians also question his unorthodox answers on religious matters such as reincarnation and Akashic records. However others accept his abilities as “God-given”.

 

 

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1946 – William Joyce executed.  Irish-American fascist politician and Nazi propaganda broadcaster to the United Kingdom during the Second World War, known as  Lord Haw-Haw.

He was controversially hanged for treason by the British as a result of his wartime activities, being taken to owe allegiance to the UK by his possession of a British passport, a document to which, ironically, he was not entitled.

 

 

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