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Almanac – December 14

1476 – Vlad Tepes died. Vlad III, The Impaler,  Prince of Wallachia, member of the House of Drăculesti. His Romanian patronymic Dragwlya (or Dragkwlya), Dragulea, Dragolea, Drăculea is a diminutive of the epithet Dracul “the Devil” carried by his father Vlad II. He might be better known in the west (with a little help from Bram Stoker) as Dracula.

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1503 – Nostradamus born. Michel de Nostredame, French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties (The Prophecies), the first edition of which appeared in 1555.

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1895 – Paul Eluard born.  French poet and one of the founders of the Surrealist movement.

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1911 – Roald Amundsen’s team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, became the first to reach the South Pole. Amundsen’s expedition benefited from careful preparation, good equipment, appropriate clothing, a simple primary task (Amundsen did no surveying on his route south and is known to have taken only two photographs), an understanding of dogs and their handling, and the effective use of skis. In contrast to the misfortunes of Scott’s team, Amundsen’s trek proved rather smooth and uneventful.

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1946 – Jane Birkin born. English actress and singer. She had a passionate and creative relationship with Serge Gainsbourg which, amongst other things, produced this…

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Almanac – July 2nd

This day is the midpoint of a common year (any year that’s not a leap year) because there are 182 days before and 182 days after. The exact time in the middle of the year is at noon, July 2nd (except leap years).

1566 – Death of Nostradamus, French astrologer.

1778 –  Death of Jean Jacques Rosseau, Swiss philosopher.

1843 – Death of Samuel Hahnemann, German physician and founder of Homeopathy.

1900 – The Zeppelin airship departed on its maiden voyage.

1947 – Alledged Roswell UFO crash – actually took place some 80 miles from Roswell, at Corona, New Mexico. The rest is history. Or myth. Or both….

1961Ernest Hemingway shot himself. His wife issued a statement claiming accidental death, but it was generally assumed he’d committed suicide…as did his father, brother, sister and granddaughter.

1964Lyndon B. Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Act, meant to prohibit segregation in public places.

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