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Almanac – January 03

1496 – Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested a flying machine.

 

 

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1892 – J. R. R. Tolkien born. English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

 

 

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1945 – Edgar Cayce died.  American psychic who allegedly possessed the ability to answer questions on subjects such as healing and wars, and  had visions of the world ending. He also gave a reading about Atlantis while in a hypnotic trance and  founded a nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment.  Skeptics challenge Cayce’s alleged psychic abilities and traditional Christians also question his unorthodox answers on religious matters such as reincarnation and Akashic records. However others accept his abilities as “God-given”.

 

 

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1946 – William Joyce executed.  Irish-American fascist politician and Nazi propaganda broadcaster to the United Kingdom during the Second World War, known as  Lord Haw-Haw.

He was controversially hanged for treason by the British as a result of his wartime activities, being taken to owe allegiance to the UK by his possession of a British passport, a document to which, ironically, he was not entitled.

 

 

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Almanac – September 19

1882 – Christopher Stone born. The first disc jockey in the United Kingdom, Stone had approached the BBC himself with the idea for a record programme, which the corporation initially dismissed. He managed to convince them, though, and on 7 July 1927 he started playing records on air. His relaxed, conversational style was exceptional at a time when most of the BBC’s presentation was extremely formal, and his programmes became highly popular as a result. He wore a dinner jacket and tie when he presented…but of course.

In 1934 Stone joined the commercial station Radio Luxembourg and was barred by the BBC in consequence. Three years later, as “Uncle Chris”, he presented the first daily children’s programme on commercial radio,  Kiddies Quarter Hour on Radio Lyons. He later rejoined the BBC and caused a major row in 1941, when on 11 November he wished King Victor Emmanuel of Italy a happy birthday on air, adding “I don’t think any of us wish him anything but good, poor soul.” This good wish towards the head of a state Britain was at war with at the time led to the sacking of the BBC’s Senior Controller of Programmes and tighter government control over all broadcasts.

Stone was an avid record collector; in the mid 1930s he already owned over 12,000. When he turned 75 in 1957 the magazine Melody Maker praised his pioneering work: “Everyone who has written, produced or compered a gramophone programme should salute the founder of his trade.”

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1893 – New Zealand became the first country in the World to give women the vote in parliamentary elections.

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1942 – Freda Payne born. American singer and actress best known for her million selling, 1970 hit single, “Band of Gold”. She was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Also  the older sister of former Supreme Scherrie Payne.

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1945 – Lord Haw-Haw [William Joyce] sentenced to death. He’d broadcast propaganda programmes against the UK from Nazi Germany in WW2.

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1952 – The United States barred Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England. During the era of McCarthyism, Chaplin had been accused of “un-American activities” as a suspected communist and J. Edgar Hoover had instructed the FBI to keep extensive secret files on him.
Chaplin decided not to re-enter the United States, writing: “Since the end of the last world war, I have been the object of lies and propaganda by powerful reactionary groups who, by their influence and by the aid of America’s yellow press, have created an unhealthy atmosphere in which liberal-minded individuals can be singled out and persecuted. Under these conditions I find it virtually impossible to continue my motion-picture work, and I have therefore given up my residence in the United States.”

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1961 – Betty and Barney Hill claimed  they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them. The couple’s story  was the first widely-publicized claim of alien abduction, adapted into the best-selling 1966 book The Interrupted Journey and the 1975 television movie The UFO Incident.
Its importance is such that many of Betty Hill’s notes, tapes, and other items have been placed in a permanent collection at the University of New Hampshire. The site of the alleged craft’s first close approach,  just south of Lancaster, New Hampshire, is marked by a state historical marker.

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1970 – The first Glastonbury Festival was held at Michael Eavis’s farm in Glastonbury,  Somerset.  The original headline acts were The Kinks and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders but these were replaced at short notice by Tyrannosaurus Rex.Tickets were £1. Other billed acts of note were Quintessence, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame and Al Stewart.

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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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