Almanac – January 12

1946 – Cynthia Robinson born. American musician, best known for being  trumpeter and vocalist inSly and the Family Stone. Robinson is notable for being one of the first (both) black and female trumpet players in a major American band. She also played in  funk band Graham Central Station .

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1967 – Dr. James Bedford died (?) A University of California psychology professor, he was the first person whose body was cryonically preserved (frozen) after legal death, and who remains cryopreserved. Among those in the cryonics community, the anniversary of his cryonic preservation is celebrated as “Bedford Day“.
Bedford’s body was frozen a few hours after he died of natural causes related to  cancer.

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1959 – Blixa Bargeld born. Composer, author, actor, singer, musician, performer and lecturer in a number of artistic fields,  best known for his studio work and tours with Einstürzende Neubauten and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

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2007 – Alice Coltrane died. American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer. She was the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

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