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Almanac – June 01

1925 – Marie Knight born.  American gospel and R&B singer.

 

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1926 – Marilyn Monroe born. American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s

 

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1927 – Lizzie Borden died. American woman who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother (Andrew Jackson Borden and Abby Durfee Gray Borden, Andrew’s second wife) in Fall River, Massachusetts.
The case was a cause célèbre throughout the United States. Following her release from the prison in which she had been held during the trial, Borden chose to remain a resident of Fall River, Massachusetts for the rest of her life, despite facing significant ostracism.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts elected to charge no one else with the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden, and speculation about the crimes continues into the 21st century.

 

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Almanac – July 19th

64 – Great Fire of Rome:  a fire began  to burn in the merchant area of Rome and was soon  completely out of control. According to a popular, but untrue legend, Nero fiddled as the city burned.

1553 – Lady Jane Grey was replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after only nine days of reign.

1860 – Lizzie  Borden born.  She was tried for killing her father and stepmother with an axe on August 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.

The murders, subsequent trial, and ensuing trial by media became a cause célèbre. Although she  was acquitted, no one else was ever arrested or tried and she has remained a notorious figure in American folklore. Dispute over the identity of the killer or killers continues to this day.

According to a popular rhyme of the time –

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
 She gave her father forty-one.

Actually, whoever did the deed gave her (step-)mother 18 or 19   whacks and her father 11.

1919 – Following Peace Day celebrations marking the end of World War I, ex-servicemen,  unhappy with unemployment and other grievances, rioted  and burnt down Luton Town Hall.  
The riot started after members of the council arrived to read out the King’s proclamation and many in the crowd expressed their disapproval. Tension boiled over into violence and a number of protesters broke through the police line and forcibly entered the town hall. Shortly after a number of violent clashes took place, with the town hall being stormed by the crowd and eventually set on fire.

During the riot people broke into Farmers Music Shop and dragged pianos into the streets for dancing and singing, including ironically “Keep the home fires burning”. The mayor at the time, Henry Impey,  was smuggled out of Luton, never to return.

1979 – The Sandinista rebels overthrew the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.

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