history lesson

DayBird - April 5th

1614 – Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Confederacy, marries John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage ensured peace in the valley. Englishman John Rolfe cultivated the first tobacco in Virginia, which made him wicked rich. I bet.

How did they hook up? In 1613, Pocahontas was taken hostage. The Virginian kidnappers were hoping to use her to negotiate a peace with her father. During her incarceration, she converted to Christianity and was baptized Lady Rebecca. Lady Rebecca? How lame is that? Eventually papa agreed to the terms for her release, but by then she had fallen in love with John Rolfe. awww. They had a kid, sailed to England, people gawked, and as they prepared to return to Virginia, she died. Smallpox.

1621 – The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain. It mysteriously sinks in the middle of the ocean.

1722 – The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.

1827 - Baron Joseph Lister, English surgeon and scientist (d. 1912) is cut from the womb.

Sir William Gull: I think you mean to draw a Lister knife.

1859 -Naturalist Charles Darwin sends his publishers the first three chapters of Origin of Species, which will become one of the greatest stories ever told.

A bunch of heavyweight actors are born on this day:

1900 - Spencer Tracy, American actor (d. 1967)
1908Bette Davis, American actress (d. 1989)
1916Gregory Peck, American actor (d. 2003)

1976 - Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes dies (b. 1905).

1994Kurt Cobain, musician (b. 1967) dies. It is sad.

1997 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926) dies too.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;
Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.

2008 Charlton Heston, American actor (b. 1923) died. I watched the 10 Commands this weekend, and I was reminded how much I despised the sound of Charlton's voice. I was really pulling for Yul Brynner.