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Almanac – May 19

1536 – Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for alledged adultery, treason, and incest.

Following the coronation of her daughter, Elizabeth, as queen, Anne was venerated as a martyr and heroine of the English Reformation, particularly through the works of John Foxe.

Over the centuries, she has inspired or been mentioned in numerous artistic and cultural works, as a result, she has retained her hold on the popular imagination.

Anne has been called “the most influential and important queen consort England has ever had”, since she provided the occasion for Henry VIII to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and declare his independence from Rome.

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1649 – An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament.

England would be a republic for the next eleven years.

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1925 – Malcolm X born. American Muslim minister and human rights activist.

To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, and violence.

He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.

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Almanac – March 17

1040 – Harold Harefoot died. King of England from 1035 to 1040. His cognomen “Harefoot” referred to his speed, and the skill of his huntsmanship.

 He was the younger son of Cnut the Great, king of England, Denmark, and Norway by his first wife, Ælfgifu of Northampton, although  Florence of Worcester (12th century) claimed  that Ælfgifu wanted to have a son by the king but was unable to, so she secretly adopted the newborn children of strangers and pretended to have given birth to them. Harold was reportedly the son of a cobbler, while his brother Svein Knutsson was the illegitimate son of a priest. Its probably a myth.

Harold died at Oxford,  of “a mysterious illness”, although an Anglo-Saxon charter attributes the illness to divine judgment…not least because he’d alledgedly defrauded some monks out of land that they had their covetous eyes on.

He was buried at Westminster Abbey… for a while.  His body was subsequently exhumed, beheaded, and thrown into a fen bordering the Thames when Harthacnut assumed the throne in June 1040.

 The body was  recovered by a fishermen, and resident Danes reportly had it reburied at their local cemetery in London, before it was eventually buried in a church in the City of Westminster, St. Clement Danes.

 A contradictory account in the Knýtlinga saga (13th century) reports Harold buried in the city of Morstr, alongside his half-brother Harthacnut and their father Cnut. While mentioned as a great city in the text, nothing else is known of Morstr.

 

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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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Almanac – October 29

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.

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1917 – Eddie Constantine born.  American French actor and singer who spent his career working in Europe, where he became well known for a series of French B movies in which he played secret agent Lemmy Caution and is now best remembered for his role in Jean-Luc Godard’s philosophical science fiction film Alphaville (1965).
He also appeared in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (as himself in Beware of a Holy Whore,  1971), Lars von Trier, and Mika Kaurismäki. He continued reprising the role of Lemmy Caution well into his 70s; his final appearance as the character was in Jean-Luc Godard’s Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (1991).

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1918 – The German High Seas Fleet was incapacitated when sailors mutinied on the night of the 29th-30th, an action which would trigger the German Revolution of 1918–1919.

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1949 – George Gurdjieff died.   An influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that the vast majority of humanity lives their entire lives in a state of hypnotic “waking sleep,” but that it was possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential.

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1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

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1997 – Anton LaVey died. The founder of the Church of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, and musician. He was the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a synthesized system of his understanding of human nature and the insights of philosophers who advocated materialism and individualism, for which he claimed no supernatural or theistic inspiration.

 

 

 

 

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AN END TO IT….

 

 

 

An End To It…   is the final track on the 2007 album It Was A Dark & Stormy Night, which was based loosely around the prophecy of St Malachy,  who foretold the end of the Roman Catholic church. If he was correct, the next pope after the current one will be the last one.

 

This track details the fate of that last pope – beheaded, a stake driven through his heart, and buried on a dark and stormy night at a crossroads near Zagreb.

 

Of course this is just fiction (St Malachy didn’t specify such a grisly end) and be assured that no popes were harmed during the making of this track.

 

To hear other tracks from this album, or to download it free, go to:

http://maliceinsunderland.weebly.com/dark–stormy-night.html

 

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