Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970) was an American musician, singer, and
songwriter. Despite a relatively brief mainstream career spanning four
years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric
guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most
celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Born in Seattle, Washington,
Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1963, he moved to
Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit,
eventually moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by
bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals. Within months, Hendrix had earned
three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe",
"Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the US
after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968
his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one
in the US. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the
Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before
dying from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the
age of 27.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogaila was crowned Władysław II
Jagiełło, King of Poland, beginning the Jagiellonian dynasty.
War of 1812: An American raiding party defeated an attempt by
British regulars, volunteers from the Canadian militia and Native
Americans to intercept them near present-day Wardville, Ontario.
The Forth Bridge (pictured), a railway bridge connecting
Edinburgh to Fife over the Firth of Forth, opened, becoming an
internationally recognised Scottish landmark.
Murder, Inc. leader Louis Buchalter was executed, the only
major mob boss to receive the death penalty in the United States after
being convicted of murder.
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for
President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes
against humanity regarding his actions during the War in Darfur.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
The shallow groove running down the center of the outer surface of the
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Creativity — like human life itself — begins in darkness. We
need to acknowledge this. All too often, we think only in terms of
light: "And then the lightbulb went on and I got it!" It is true that
insights may come to us as flashes. It is true that some of these
flashes may be blinding. It is, however, also true that such bright
ideas are preceded by a gestation period that is interior, murky, and
completely necessary. ￼