1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone hits the stands

From slight beginnings, Rolling Stone magazine would go on to become one of the world’s great organs of music journalism, while also gaining respect for its excellent political reportage. The brain child of Jann Wenner, who started in San Francisco with borrowed money, it differed from most of the underground press at that time by eschewing radical politics (while still being notably left-leaning) and aspiring to standards of professional journalism.

One of their early successes was the serialisation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in its pages, the first publication of that legendary work. Aside from Thompson, notable writers for Rolling Stone have included Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs, P.J. O’Rourke and Matt Taibbi.

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The Cover of the Rolling Stone — Dr Hook and the Medicine Show

Never fear, Hook fans: they were finally featured on the cover of the Rolling Stone (albeit as a caricature rather than a photo). It is unknown how many copies they bought for their mothers.

1888 – Jack the Ripper kills Mary Jane Kelly

The last victim of Jack the Ripper – at least as far as everyone agrees upon – Mary Jane Kelly was both the most attractive and the most obscure of those killed by the Ripper.

No one knows why he stopped – although there are no shortage of theories – and in truth, the reason wouldn’t be much comfort to Kelly and her fellow victims. There are also those who believe that Kelly was not actually killed – that another woman was the victim and was subsequently mis-identified as Kelly. It certainly is possible that such a thing could have happened – the body was badly mutilated and parts of it had been burned, and the identification was largely based on the fact that the body was found in the room she rented.

So the question of who was Jack the Ripper also includes the question of was that really Mary Kelly?

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Jack the Knife – Falconer
Nice Man Jack – John Miles
Whitechapel – Manilla Road
Anthology of Evil – Infernäl Mäjesty
Jack the Ripper – Screaming Lord Sutch
The Curse of Whitechapel – Vernian Process