1859 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was first published, and sold out its initial print run on the first day.
1955 – Ian Botham, England test cricketer is born.
1963 – Jack Ruby shot and fatally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald.
1974 – A group of paleoanthropologists discovered a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis in the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, nicknaming it “Lucy”.
1991 – Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, dies of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS.
That’s right – it’s 20 years ago today since Freddie Mercury died. That means Queen has been without Freddie longer than they had him. That’s a sad thing indeed. He was a showman extraordinaire and remains a huge loss to the music world.
RIP Freddie – you asked “Who wants to live forever?” and through your vast musical talent, you have become truly immortal!