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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

On This Day in History

1611 - The word "telescope" was used for the first time by the Italian scientist/naturalist Prince Frederico Cesi.

1614 - Pocahontas married the English planter John Rolfe. They moved to England where she died three years later in 1617.

1814 - Napoleon was banished to Elba.

1847 - Edgar Allen Poe's, "Murders in the Rue Morgue," being the first of its kind and establishing the murder mystery genre, was published.

1853 - Harriet Tubman began the Underground Railroad and starting helping slaves escape to freedom.

1861 - Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities was published. Did you know he was only 58 years old when he died? Did you know that Oliver Twist, he second novel, was the first English novel to have a child as the main character?

1865 - Abraham Lincoln was shot. He died the next day, April 15.

1912 - The Titanic struck an iceberg.

1939 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published.


  1. Very neat tidbits from history. Thanks, Bish.

  2. I love learning thıngs lıke this and find them fascinating. Thanks!

  3. Abe and the Titanic - might be a bad day. . .

    But if you FB, you'll see that this was interesting to me since I took the Which Woman in History Quiz and found out I'm most like Pocahontas.

    Thanks for the lesson :) I'm a lifetime learner.

  4. Post us the link from that quiz, Kim. I know I'd like to take it.

  5. Wow--that's so neat. And I didn't know that about Poe either. How cool is that?

    Great idea for a blog post!

  6. Your welcome Captain Hook.

    I'd like that quiz link too, Kim.

    Mary, I love history, all sorts of little tidbits, factoids and trivia.

    It's true, Angela, Poe invented the murder mystery!

  7. I love information like this. Thanks for posting it, Bish. Nicole always jokes that she was born on the day the Titanic sunk, though quite a bit later. ;)


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