Non-musical history for today: 1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. He was actually pardoned for that, but a condition of his pardon was that he made no gestures or showed hostilities toward the Spanish. A detachment, led by his friend, Lawrence Kemys, did attack the Spanish, and Raleigh’s son, Walter, was fatally shot. Kemys told Sir Walter about his son’s death and begged forgiveness. Sir Walter didn’t give it to him, and Kemys shot himself on the spot. That was harsh. The ambassador from Spain demanded King James I reinstate the death sentence, and James couldn’t deny it. So, he lost his head over it.
Music history, album anniversaries, birthdays, and deaths for October 29.
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