Almanac – February 14

1941 – Big Jim Sullivan born.  English musician,  best known as a session guitarist. In the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the most in-demand studio musicians in the UK, and performed on  55 UK Number One hits and more than one thousand charting singles over his career,  including…

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1975 – P. G. Wodehouse died. English humorist, whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics and numerous pieces of journalism.

He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career that lasted more than seventy years and his many writings continue to be widely read. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse’s main canvas remained that of a pre- and post-World War I English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education and youthful writing career.

Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies, many of them produced in collaboration with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton, and worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934).

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1989 – James Bond died. American ornithologist,  an expert on the birds of the Caribbean. His name was appropriated by writer Ian Fleming for his fictional spy, James Bond.

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