… we remember Freddie Mercury as a legend of rock …. …
On the 24th November, 1991 – Freddie Mercury the lead singer for the rock group Queen died aged 45, just one day after he publicly announced he was HIV positive.
Today we remember Freddie Mercury as a legend of rock. The great Queen singer was loved all over the world, worshipped as a rock star, admired as a man and always evolving. Freddie Mercury (his real name was Farrokh Bulsara) was born in 1946. When he was 24 he met Brian May and Roger Taylor and formed the band Queen. Almost immediately he was known for his theatrical style and amazing four octave vocal range. In the 70s and 80s with the help from his bandmates Freddie's flamboyant style helped change the musical landscape around the world forever.
Also on this day:
- 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.
- 1933 – George Bernard Shaw showed his admiration for Hitler. What Shaw most admired about him was his “expression of intense resentment”. Shaw was a part of the Fabian society, a British socialist movement. He was also partially responsible for the Labour Party, which represented the working class people. Later on in life, Shaw was noted to having regretted supporting the Hitler movement.
- 1969 – The Apollo 12 spacecraft returns to Earth , splashing down in the Pacific Ocean
- 1971 – A man hijacked a 727 plane , threatening to blow up the jet unless he received $200,000 and four parachutes. It is believed the hijacker, known as D.B. Cooper, jumped from the plane somewhere over the state of Washington and he nor the money was ever seen again .
- 1993 – A new bill was passed by the United States Congress called the Brady Bill. It was intended to control the use of handguns, by administering stricter regulations regarding obtaining one. This was a measure taken to help control unnecessary violence.
- 2005 – The continued deregulation of British licencing laws had it's final say with 24 hour opening times now allowed after new licensing laws came into force at midnight. Pubs, clubs and supermarkets still had to apply for 24 hour licences to sell alcohol.
Who was born Today in History?:
- 0912 – Otto I, the Great, German King, Holy Roman emperor.
- 1273 – Alphonso, Earl of Chester, son of Edward I of England.
- 1655 – Charles XI, King of Sweden.
- 1690 – Charles Theodore Pachelbel, composer.
- 1713 – Laurence Sterne, Ireland, novelist/satirist (Tristram Shandy).
- 1724 – Maria Amalia of Saxony, Queen of Spain.
- 1740 – John Bacon, English sculptor.
- 1745 – Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire.
- 1801 – Ludwig Bechstein, German poet.
- 1806 – William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby.
- 1815 – Grace Darling, English heroine.
- 1848 – Lilli Lehmann, opera singer.
- 1849 – Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of childrens book (My Secret Garden).
- 1888 – Dale Carnegie, author (How to Win Friends & Influence People).
- 1899 – Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer.
- 1912 – Theodore 'Teddy' Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger.
- 1916 – Forrest J Ackerman, invented the term 'sci-fi'.
- 1919 – David Kossoff, British actor.
- 1930 – Ken Barrington, cricketer (tough England batsman).
- 1932 – Fred Titmus, cricketer (long-running England off-spinner).
- 1934 – Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist (Annie, West Side Story).
- 1941 – Pete Best, drummer (Beatles).
- 1962 – John Squire, English pop guitarist (Stone Roses, She Bangs the Drums).
- 1974 – Stephen Merchant, British comedian.
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Quote of the day:
'Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.'
Otto von Bismarck
(1815 – 1898)