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Almanac – July 18th

1290 – King Edward I of England issues the Edict of Expulsion, banishing all Jews (numbering about 16,000) from England;.

1652 – On this day, according to the trial records of York Castle, Mary Fisher of Selby “did openly in the parish church speak unto Richard Calvert, minister there, being in the pulpit and preaching, these words: “Come down, come down, thou Painted Beast, come down. Thou art but an hireling, and deludest the people with thy lyes”.

1925 – Adolf Hitler‘s Mein Kampf published.

1929 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, American singer, born.

1937 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author, born. Thompson became a counter cultural figure as the creator of Gonzo journalism, an experimental style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories.

1988 – Nico  died.  German singer, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress, who initially rose to fame as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s. She is known for both her vocal collaboration on The Velvet Underground‘s debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), and her work as a solo artist from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. She also had roles in several films, including a cameo in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls (1966), as herself. Nico died in July 1988, as a result of injuries sustained in a cycling accident while vacationing in Ibiza.

1992 – It was announced that Uppingham, the Leicestershire public school, was to stop mourning Queen Victoria. The boys had worn black ties since 1901.

“They look like trainee undertakers,” said the headmaster, “It was never meant to be a tradition. Its just that nobody ever made the decision to change back.”

To change back to what, was the question. No-one knew what the original colours had been, and pre-1901 photographs were, of course, in black & white. It was decided to go with Silver and Prussian Blue.

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Almanac – July 9th

1942Richard Roundtree, American actor born. Shaft – can you dig it ?

1958 – Lituya Bay , a fjord located on the coast of the Southeast part of the U.S. state of Alaska – On July 9, 1958, an earthquake caused a landslide in the Crillon Inlet at the head of the bay, generating a massive megatsunami measuring 524 m (1,719 ft).

For comparison, the Empire State Building is 448 m (1,470 ft) high including its antenna spire. The wave possessed sufficient power to snap off all the trees up to 1,720 feet (520 m) high around the bay. Most of these were spruce, and most were 6 feet (1.8 m) thick. The wave stripped the soil down to the bedrock around the entire bay.

There were three fishing boats anchored near the entrance of Lituya Bay on the day the giant wave occurred. One boat sank and the two people on board were killed. The other two boats were able to ride the waves.

1962Andy Warhol‘s  Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibition opens at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.

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