Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Busy Day

One of the things I like to do from time to time is to poke around and see what important events occured on a given day of the year. Since a rather nasty flu bug seems to have felled many of my students the past couple days (leaving me with an empty classroom) I decided to take a look and see what happened on this day in years gone by. Guess I was bitten by the history bug. Okay, terrible joke I know. Anyhow, turns out, from what I could find, that this was a rather busy day.

April 2

Notable births

- Charlemagne (742)
- Thomas Jefferson (1743)
- Hans Christian Andersen (1805)
- Emile Zola (1840)
- Walter Chrysler (of car fame, 1875)
- Sir Alec Guinness (1914)
- major league baseball player Reggie Smith (1945)

Notable deaths

- Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1657)
- Samuel B. Morse (of telegraph fame (1872)
- German WWII General Franz Halder (1972)
- Pope John Paul II (2005)

Notable Events

- Christians wail as the siege of Constantinople begins in 1453

- Britons cheer as the British destroy the Danish fleet at the Battle of Copenhagen (1801)

- Napoleon ties the knot with Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria in 1810.

- Confederate President Jefferson Davis runs for his life from his capital of Richmond in 1865.

- Canadian soldiers commence the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917; US President Wilson also asks the US Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.

- Argentine forces (evidently having failed to read up on the above-mentioned Battle of Copenhagen) invade the Falkland Islands in 1982, leading to eventual war with Britain.

- Americans in Tennessee run for their lives during an outbreak of 60+ tornadoes in 2006.

.......its all a rich tapestry.


Kennie said...

Glad to see you are using your free time in a productive manner :-)