On this day…

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!

One response to “On this day…

  1. Yep, one of the best frontmen, possibly the best ever? On the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death, I thought I would plug this blogpost I wrote way back in June. http://smurfdok.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/tuesday-tunes-meme/