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Almanac – March 21

1656 – James Ussher died.  Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656.

He was a prolific scholar, who most famously published a chronology that purported to establish the time and date of the creation as the night preceding Sunday, 23 October 4004 BC, according to the proleptic Julian calendar.

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1902 – Son House born.  American blues singer and guitarist, noted for his highly emotional style of singing and slide guitar playing.

After years of hostility to secular music, as a preacher, and for a few years also as a church pastor, he turned to blues performance at the age of 25.

He quickly developed a unique style by applying the rhythmic drive, vocal power and emotional intensity of his preaching to the newly learned idiom. He was a formative influence on Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.

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1922 – Russ Meyer born.  U.S. motion picture director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, actor and photographer,  known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful low-budget sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire and large-breasted women – Faster Pussycat ! Kill ! Kill !, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Supervixens, etc.

Film historian Jimmy McDonough posits that  Meyer’s usage of physically and sexually overwhelming female characters places him in his own separate genre.

He argues that despite portraying women as sex objects, Meyer nonetheless depicts them as more powerful than men and is therefore an inadvertent feminist filmmaker. I dont think anyone who’s seen the amazing  Tura Satana in Faster Pussycat ! Kill ! Kill !  would argue with that.

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1925 – The Butler Act prohibited  Tennessee  public school teachers from denying the Biblical account of man’s origin. It also prevented the teaching of the evolution of man from what it referred to as lower orders of animals in place of the Biblical account.

Any teacher straying from the Creationist line would be guilty of a misdemeanor and be fined between $100 and $500 for each offense.

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1943 – Vivian Stanshall born.  English singer-songwriter, painter, musician, author, poet and wit, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, for his surreal exploration of the British upper classes in Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, and for narrating Mike Oldfield‘s Tubular Bells.

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1952 – Alan Freed presented the Moondog Coronation Ball, generally accepted as the first major rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

At the time, its most remarkable feature was its mix of black and white musical performers, in a revue intended for a racially mixed audience, at a time when almost all performances, radio stations and record labels were de facto segregated by race.

 More tickets were printed than the arena’s actual capacity, in part due to counterfeiting, and a printing error (tickets for a follow-up ball were sold with the same date printed after the first had sold out).

With an estimated 20,000 individuals trying to crowd into an arena that held slightly more than half that — and worries that a riot might break out as people tried to crowd in — the fire authorities shut down the concert after the first song by opening act Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams ended.

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1974 – Candy Darling died. American actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar.

A male-to-female transsexual, she starred in Andy Warhol‘s films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), and was a muse of  The Velvet Underground – the subject of their song Candy Says, and is  one of several Warhol associates memorialized in Lou Reed‘s  solo Walk on the Wild Side.

Darling died of lymphoma  aged 29,

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Almanac – September 18

St. Joseph of Cupertino’s Day
Patron saint of Astronauts

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1709 – Samuel Johnson born. English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.

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1905 – Greta Garbo born.  Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood’s silent and classic periods. Many of her films were sensational hits, and all but three of her twenty-four Hollywood films were profitable.

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1911 – Brinsley Le Poer Trench born. Trench – who was also 8th Earl of Clancarty – was a firm believer in flying saucers, and in particular, the Hollow Earth theory, ideas he discussed in his book Secret of the Ages: UFOs from Inside the Earth. He also claimed that he could trace his descent from 63,000 BC, when beings from other planets had landed on Earth in spaceships.
Most humans, he said, were descended from these aliens: “This accounts for all the different colour skins we’ve got here,” he said in 1981. A few of these early aliens did not come from space, he explained, but emerged through tunnels from a civilisation which “still existed beneath the Earth’s crust.” There were seven or eight of these tunnels altogether, one at the North Pole, another at the South Pole, and others in such places as Tibet. “I haven’t been down there myself,” he said, “but from what I gather [these beings] are very advanced.”

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1939 – The Nazi propaganda broadcaster known as Lord Haw-Haw began transmitting. It was the nickname of several announcers on the English-language propaganda radio programme Germany Calling, broadcast by Nazi German radio to audiences in Great Britain on the medium wave station Reichssender Hamburg and by shortwave to the United States, though it later came to be exclusively applied to   William Joyce, who was German radio’s most prominent English-language speaker.

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1964 – Sean O’Casey died.  Irish dramatist and memoirist. A committed socialist, he was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the Dublin working classes.

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1970 – Jimi Hendrix died.  American musician and singer-songwriter. Widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history and one of the most influential musicians of his era despite his mainstream exposure being limited to four years.

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2004 – Russ Meyer died. American  motion picture director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, actor and photographer,  known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful low-budget sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire and large-breasted women, including such notable films as Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) and Vixen! (1968).

Faster Pusycat Kill ! Kill ! is one of my all-time favorite films.

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Almanac – July 10th

1099 – Death of Spanish hero El Cid– Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar , Castilian nobleman, military leader, and diplomat.

1553 – Jane Grey proclaimed Queen of England…forced to abdicate nine days later, and ultimately executed.

1856 Nikola Tesla, Serb-American inventor born.

1871Marcel Proust, French writer, born.

1925Meher Baba – Indian mystic and spiritual master who declared publicly in 1954 that he was the Avatar of the age –  begins his silence of 44 years. His followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration. And if you’re wondering how he declared anything while maintaining silence,   he did it “by means of an alphabet board or by unique hand gestures.

1935Tura Satana,  American actress, born. Star of Faster Pussycat ! Kill ! Kill !

 


 

1941 – Death of Jelly Roll Morton

 

1962 – Telstar-1, the first privately owned satellite, was launched – transmitting the first live pictures between Europe and the USA.
Mr. Frankenstein
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