That would be the date that Ian Curtis, twenty-three year old lead singer and songwriter of Joy division (pictured above), hanged himself in his home in Macclesfield, on the eve of what would’ve been the band’s first tour of the United States.
It’s been speculated that the reasons he did it were either because of his marriage falling apart due to an affair he was having, or fear of the band’s success getting out of hand, or his battle with epilepsy and the medications he was on to subdue it, but in the end, we’ll never know his true reasons. Fortunately, he left behind a legacy of fantastic music and powerfully introspective lyrics that will continue to enthrall for decades to come.
I do one of these posts every year on this date. Yes, I’m a huge Joy division fan. 🙂
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18 May 1883 – Walter Gropius dies, after swordfighting with a bear for nine hours