Almanac – January 22

1647 – A phantom battle was seen in the skies over Northamptonshire. It was believed to be an action replay of a battle fought eight months earlier, and it continued to appear sporadically for the next two weeks.

The show came complete with the sounds of battle – clashing arms, drumbeats and the groans of the wounded.

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1788 – George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron) born.  English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron’s best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and the short lyric “She Walks in Beauty.” He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, rumours of a scandalous incestuous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile. It has been speculated that he suffered from bipolar I disorder.

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1931 – Sam Cooke born. American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music.

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