history lesson

DayBird - April 16th

1178 BC - Cunningly calculated date of the Greek king
Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War. Welcome home, Odie! He arrived around noon, to slaughter his wife’s suitors.

A total solar eclipse occurred over the Ionian islands, one of which is Ithaca, this day in April and would have coincided roughly a decade before the most often cited estimate for the sack of Troy — about 1190 B.C.

1521 – Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Edict of Worms, Imperial Diet of Worms.

1889 - Charlie Chaplin is born in London, England . The endearing figure of his “Little Tramp” is instantly recognizable and loved the world over.

1927 – Pope Benedict XVI turns 83 years old, celebrates by eating children.

1943 - Happy birthday, LSD! Kinda.
Albert Hoffman a Swiss chemist working at a pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumes LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938. After taking the drug, Albert was disturbed by unusual sensations and trippy hallucinations. In his notes, he related the experience:

"Last Friday, April 16, 1943, I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."

After intentionally taking the drug again (and again, and again) to confirm that it was the cause of his altered state, he published a report announcing his discovery, and so LSD made its entry into the world as a hallucinogenic drug. This is the word of the lord. He tuned in, it was pretty psychedelic and he began to say stuff:

I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.


1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.