Almanac – February 12

1554 – A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey was beheaded for treason, aged 16 or 17.

She was an English noblewoman and de facto monarch of England from 10 July until 19 July 1553.

During her short reign, Jane resided in the Tower of London. She became a prisoner there when the Privy Council decided to change sides and proclaim Mary as Queen on 19 July.

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1870 – Marie Lloyd born. English music hall singer, comedienne and musical theatre actress during the late Victorian era. She was perhaps best known for her many songs based on everyday subjects for working-class women, including “The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery”, her first major success, “My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)” and “Oh Mr Porter What Shall I Do”.

She received much criticism for her use of innuendo and double entendre during her performances, but enjoyed a long and prosperous career and was affectionately called the “Queen of the Music Hall” by her audiences.

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1929 – Lillie Langtry died.  British music hall singer and stage actress famous for her many stage productions including She Stoops to Conquer, The Lady of Lyons and As You Like It.

She was also known for her relationships with nobility, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury and Prince Louis of Battenberg.

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1984 – Death of Anna Anderson . She claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, believed executed by Bolshevik soldiers on the night of July 16 / 17 1918.

Anderson’s body was cremated upon her death ,  but DNA testing in 1994 on available pieces of Anderson’s tissue and hair showed no relation to the DNA of the Imperial family

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2000 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins died.  American musician, singer, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as “I Put a Spell on You”, Hawkins oftn used macabre props onstage, making him one of the few early shock rockers.

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