Beeswax Vinyl Daily April 7, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1449 – Felix V abdicated his claim to the papacy, ending the reign of the final Antipope. Do you know what an Antipope was? It's just what it sounds like. An antipope was a person who claimed to be Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church in opposition to the legitimately elected pope. Between the 3rd century and…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily April 6, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1830—Joseph Smith and others organized the Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter-day Saint movement, at Fayette or Manchester, New York. Thirty years later, to the day, Joseph Smith III and others organized the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, later renamed Community of Christ, at Amboy, Illinois. Music history, album anniversaries, birthdays, and deaths for…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily April 5, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe. Yes, Rolfe, not Smith. Most of her descendants deny the stories of her and John Smith. Not that they didn't meet, but they weren't hooking up. She was encouraged to convert to Christianity and was baptized under the name Rebecca. I like Pocahontas better. Music history, album anniversaries,…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily April 4, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1818 – The United States Congress, affirming the Second Continental Congress, adopted the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (20 at that time). Music history, album anniversaries, birthdays, and deaths for April 4. Recorded in the Omniverus Podcast Studios at Liberty Plaza. Leave comments at tim@beeswaxvinyl.com or 336-422-NUMB (6862).…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily April 3, 2024

There are a few historical items today: 1865 – Union forces captured Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. 1882 – Robert Ford killed Jesse James, the notorious train robber and outlaw. 1888 – Jack the Ripper: The first of 11 unsolved brutal murders of women committed in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London occurred.…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily April 2, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering and was later sentenced to life in prison. Federal prosecutors charged Gotti, in this new racketeering case, with five murders (Castellano, Bilotti, DiBernardo, Milito, and, after review of the apartment tapes, Louis DiBono), conspiracy to murder Gaetano "Corky" Vastola, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice,…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily April 1, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1976 – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer, Inc. I guess it could have some musical aspects being as it is one of the biggest streaming services and digital music purchasing centers in the world. They made iPods (which led to Podcasts), iPads, and iPhones where you can play said music. But, still, I'll say it's "non-musical." Music…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily March 31, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1930 – The Motion Picture Production Code was instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion, and violence in film in the U.S. for the next thirty-eight years. Sometimes it is called the Hays Code after Will H. Hays. Either way, it was stupid and detrimental to quality film production. There were attempts to create a "rating…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily March 30, 2024

Non-musical history for today: In 1867, United States Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, about two cents/acre ($4.19/km2). Alaska is a beautiful state from what I can tell from pictures, but still, I have no desire to visit there. Music history, album anniversaries, birthdays, and deaths for March 30. Recorded in the Omniverus Podcast Studios at Liberty…

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Beeswax Vinyl Daily March 29, 2024

Non-musical history for today: 1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. The Rosenbergs were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union, including providing top-secret information about American radar, sonar, jet propulsion engines, and nuclear weapon designs. They were executed via the electric chair. Julius went easily. Ethel took three tries, and it is rumored that smoke came from…

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