On This Day
1919 – KLM, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, legally Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (literal translation: Royal Aviation Company, Inc.), is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM is headquartered in Amstelveen, with its hub at nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It is part of the Air France–KLM group, and a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Founded in 1919, KLM is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name and had 35,488 employees and a fleet of 119 (excluding subsidiaries) as of 2015. KLM operates scheduled passenger and cargo services to 145 destinations.
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Born On This Day
1888 – Edna Meade Colson, African American educator and activist (d. 1985)
Edna Meade Colson (October 7, 1888–January 17, 1985) was known for her contributions to improving access to education to Virginian African Americans.
Edna Meade Colson was born October 7, 1888, in Petersburg City, Virginia. She was the oldest of five children of prominent educators, James Major Colson and Kate Deaver Hill Colson.
She received her B.A. from Fisk University in 1915 and received a Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1940.
After overcoming her own obstacles to higher education, she became a champion of making graduate education available to African Americans. In 1937 Colson chaired the committee to implement the program offering graduate courses to African Americans at the Virginia State College for Negroes.
Colson was also politically active beyond education. She was among the first women to register to vote after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and she was the first African American woman to become a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Colson lived with her partner Amaza Lee Meredith. They occupied the house in Chesterfield County, Virginia named Azurest South, which was designed by Meredith.
Colson retired from Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute in 1953. She died at the age of 96 in a Colonial Heights nursing home on January 17, 1985, and was buried at Eastview Cemetery, Petersburg City, Virginia.
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Charles Elmer “Rip” Taylor Jr. (January 13, 1935 – October 6, 2019) was an American actor and comedian, known for his exuberance and flamboyant personality, including his wild moustache, toupee, and his habit of showering himself (and others) with confetti.
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By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk: Larry Junstrom, founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, dies at 70
Lawrence E. Junstrom (June 22, 1949 – October 6, 2019) was an American bassist, best known for having been in rock band .38 Special from 1977 until 2014. He was also one of the founding members of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Junstrom was the bass guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd from its formation in 1964, until being replaced by Leon Wilkeson in 1971. Donnie Van Zant, the younger brother of the Lynyrd Skynyrd leader, Ronnie Van Zant, formed .38 Special in 1974, with Junstrom joining as the bass guitarist in 1976.
An avid amateur radio operator, he had the call letters K4EB, which translate to “Known 4 Electric Bass”.
Junstrom retired from .38 Special in 2014, due to a hand injury which required surgery. He died on October 6, 2019, at the age of 70.
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