[Daily article] December 13: Canadian drug charges and trial of Jimi Hendrix

American rock musician Jimi Hendrix was charged with drug possession in
Canada in May 1969. Customs agents at Toronto International Airport
detained Hendrix (pictured) after finding a small amount of heroin and
hashish in his luggage. Released on $10,000 bail, he performed at Maple
Leaf Gardens later that night, joking with the crowd. In December he
stood trial for two counts of illegal possession of narcotics, carrying
a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Judge Joseph Kelly presided.
Defense attorney John O’Driscoll raised doubts about whether the
narcotics belonged to Hendrix, who had no drug paraphernalia in his
luggage or needle tracks on his arms, and whether he even knew they were
in his luggage. He was acquitted after a three-day trial. Both of
Hendrix’s bandmates in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mitch Mitchell and
Noel Redding, later said that they had been warned about a planned drug
bust the day before flying to Toronto and that they believed the drugs
had been planted in his bag. Hendrix was the world’s highest-paid
performer when he was arrested, but this was his last tour, and he died
the following year.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The Council of Trent, an ecumenical council convoked by Pope
Paul III in response to the growth of Protestantism, opened in Trent,
Bishopric of Trent (now in modern Italy).


Dartmouth College in present-day Hanover, New Hampshire, US,
was established by a Royal Charter and became the last university
founded in the Thirteen Colonies before the American Revolution.


With Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie out of the country,
four conspirators staged a coup attempt and installed Crown Prince Asfaw
Wossen as the new Emperor.


Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law,
suspended Solidarity and imprisoned many union leaders.


The Parliament of India was attacked by five gunmen, resulting
in 12 deaths, including those of the perpetrators.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(ornithology) The practice of some birds of rubbing live ants or
occasionally other items into the feathers, possibly as a means of
controlling parasites.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  You, the sought for; I, the seeker; this, the search: And each is
the mission of all. For greatness is only the drayhorse that coaxes The
built cart out; and where we go is reason. But genius is an enormous
littleness, a trickling Of heart that covers alike the hare and the
–Kenneth Patchen

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