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Almanac – January 12

1946 – Cynthia Robinson born. American musician, best known for being  trumpeter and vocalist inSly and the Family Stone. Robinson is notable for being one of the first (both) black and female trumpet players in a major American band. She also played in  funk band Graham Central Station .

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1967 – Dr. James Bedford died (?) A University of California psychology professor, he was the first person whose body was cryonically preserved (frozen) after legal death, and who remains cryopreserved. Among those in the cryonics community, the anniversary of his cryonic preservation is celebrated as “Bedford Day“.
Bedford’s body was frozen a few hours after he died of natural causes related to  cancer.

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1959 – Blixa Bargeld born. Composer, author, actor, singer, musician, performer and lecturer in a number of artistic fields,  best known for his studio work and tours with Einstürzende Neubauten and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

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2007 – Alice Coltrane died. American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer. She was the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

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Almanac – September 23

Celebrate Bisexuality Day

A call for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual and otherwise non-monosexual people in their lives. First observed in 1999.

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1215 – Kublai Khan born. The fifth Khagan (Great Khan) of the Ikh Mongol Uls (Mongol Empire), reigning from 1260 to 1294, and the founder of the Yuan Dynasty in China.

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1241 – Snorri Sturluson died. Icelandic historian, poet, and politician, and  the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda. As an historian and mythographer, he is remarkable for proposing the theory (in the Prose Edda) that mythological gods begin as human war leaders and kings whose funeral sites develop cults .

As people call upon the dead war leader as they go to battle, or the dead king as they face tribal hardship, they begin to venerate the figure. Eventually, the king or warrior is remembered only as a god. He also proposed that as tribes defeat others, they explain their victory by proposing that their own gods were in battle with the gods of the others.

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1926 – John Coltrane born.  American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and later was at the forefront of free jazz.

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1930 – Ray Charles born.  American musician. a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums.  While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.

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2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”)  released.

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Almanac – July 17th

1918 – On the orders of the Bolshevik Party , Czar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers were executed at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

1936 –  An Armed Forces rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain starts the Spanish Civil War.

1944 –  Napalm incendiary bombs were dropped for the first time,  by 14 American P-38 Lightning aircraft of the 402d Fighter Squadron / 370th Fighter Group on a fuel depot at Coutances, near St. Lô, France.[

1959 – Billie Holiday, American singer, died. On May 31, 1959, Holiday had been taken to the  Metropolitan Hospital in New York suffering from liver and heart disease. She was arrested for drug possession as she lay dying, and her hospital room was raided by authorities. Police officers were stationed at the door to her room and she  remained under police guard at the hospital until she died from pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver .

1967 – John Coltrane, American musician, died.

After Coltrane’s death, congregants at the Yardbird Temple, in San Francisco, began worshipping Coltrane as God incarnate (the Temple was named for Charlie Parker, whom they equated to John the Baptist.)

 The St. John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church, San Francisco, which is fondly known as the “Coltrane church”, is the only African Orthodox Church which incorporates Coltrane’s music and his lyrics as prayers in its liturgy. In order to become affiliated with the AOC, Coltrane was “demoted” from being God to a saint.

 

 

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