May 24
This day In Masonry

Ellington, Duke He was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D. C. He was an American jazz composer, orchestrator, bandleader, and pianist, considered the greatest composer in the history of jazz music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. Brother Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington became a Mason in Social Lodge No. 1, Washington, D. C., PHA in 1932. He was also a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Shrine. He entered the Celestial Lodge on May 24, 1974.

On this date in 1901, Sir Winston Churchill received his 1st degree in Studholme Lodge #1591, London, England.