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!

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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/