DayBird - April 2nd
742 – Charlemagne (d. 814). He is regarded as the father of Europe: his empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans, and his rule encouraged the formation of a common European identity. One of his sons was called Pippin the Hunchback, which I think we can agree is pretty cool.
1513 – Juan Ponce de Leon sets foot on Florida, becoming the first European known to do so. The Spanish explorer was searching for the "Fountain of Youth," a fabled water source that was said to bring eternal youth. Another chapter of ha-ha on the Spanish. Hey, lets form an expedition, I hear there are cities of gold, seven of them. What was El Dorado, an entire city of gold, with a king who bathed in a lake of gold every night? Mary was a virgin. Every time.
In 1521, he returned to Florida in an effort to establish a Spanish colony. However, hostile Natives attacked his expedition after the landing, and killed his aging ass.
1840 – Émile Zola, French Novelist (d.1902).
1805 – Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (d. 1875). I always loved his stories, as they were horribly depressing, just like all Danes. Swiping generalizations about peeps day. He is remembered for his more than 150 fairy tales, many of which are regarded as classics of children’s literature.
1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va. They all went into hiding, but were found promptly, when someone checked behind the drapes.
1914 – Sir Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000). Academy Award–winning actor (for The Bridge on the River Kwai) born in London, England. He will be remembered, much to his chagrin, as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy.
1922 – Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist (b. 1884). I listed him, just so I could use the picture.
1939 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (d. April 1, 1984). His papa shot him the day before his birthday? That sucks.
1947 – Emmylou Harris, American singer
1968 - The science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey" had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
1992 - Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering. He was framed.
2005 – Pope John Paul II (b. 1920). Grandpa Pope dies. He was so much better than Nazi Pope/Emperor Palpatine Pope. He totally looks that.
I hope you have a nice Jesus Becomes a Zombie Day.