1509: “Lesser Judgment Day”-Almanac of Absurdities for 9.10.2012

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About 10 PM on this date in 1509, a honker of an earthquake hit on the edge of the Sea of Marmara. It’s estimated at about a 7.2, but it shook the daylights out of Istanbul. A thousand houses and one hundred nine mosques were leveled, and the death toll was put at something like 10 thousand. The Tsunami that followed the earthquake was an additional problem, not to mention 45 days of aftershocks. The survivors of the earthquake, tsunami, aftershocks, starvation, disease and all the other results of such a catastrophe had a particular name for the incident. It’s gone down in Turkish History as “The Lesser Judgment Day.” It’s the birthday of Marie Laveau, the legendary Voodoo Witch Queen of New Orleans. The first Rin-Tin-Tin was born on this day in 1918. and it’s also the birthday for Cynthia Powell of Liverpool, who got pregnant by and then married John Lennon on the eve of Beatlemania.

Album Notes:  Grateful Acknowledgments to Mike Koenig, and Drum 8.  Some Musical Motifs Written and Performed by Kevin McLeod,  Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and used here by permission, and with appreciation and thanks.  Some audio may be used under the Fair Use Doctrine

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Voice Artist, Writer, Journalist, even sometime actor. For 18 years the writer and voice for CNN's Hollywood Minute.
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