Here are this week’s features from Today in History at BellaOnline:
October 20 - A Tolkien Book and a Coincidence
The final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, was published on this date in history. But there’s more: an actor from the film versions also celebrates his birthday on October 20.
Gene Krupa - Father of the Drum Solo
Gene Krupa pioneered the drums during a time when “soloists” had never been. His ingenuity helped create the hi-hat and tunable floor toms – something for which many a drummer is highly appreciative.
October 24 - Annie Edson Taylor Survives Niagara
Others had died in their attempts, but on this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She turned 63 that day! Find out more about this fascinating daredevil …
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