It was on this day in 1374 that people started dancing in the streets of Aachen, Germany. Lots of people and lots of dancing. In what would become known as “St. John’s Dance“, the crowds screamed and sang loudly while flaying their bodies around wildly. This continued on for several days, with most of the folks stopping only after collapsing of exhaustion. The craze spread on to several other towns and cities, and even on to other countries. Outbreaks would be reported for years to come, including an incident involving over 400 people in 1518. The latest large-scale report of this “dancing plague” was in 1959. Experts are still undecided on what caused people to behave as such.
The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “109 – The Aqua Traiana is inaugurated by emperor Trajan, the aqueduct channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north-west of Rome” and the most recent is “2010 – John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.”
It was also on this day in 1717 that the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world was established in London.
Happy birthday to John Illsley, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Weller, Colin Blunstone, Jeff Beck, Arthur Brown, and Al Molinaro.