In La Haye, France Jean Pierre Blanchard was the first man to cross the English Channel by air- in a balloon. Today in 1809, he jumps out of his balloon to test a parachute. He’s made many successful jumps, except for today. Great Britain’s Royal Horticulture Society is founded by John Wedgwood, Josiah’s son, 1804….
Tag: The Illuminated Book of Days
The famous English poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning is born today in 1806. “Young men, ay and maids, Too often so their wild oats in tame verse.” E.B.B Aurora Leigh (excerpts) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning from Book 1: “And with two grey-steel naked-bladed eyesSearched through my face, — ay, stabbed it through and through,Through brows and cheeks…
“For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12 5 March 1934, Texas, USA. Mother-in-law Day… at least that was the idea….
“As many mists as ye have in March, so many frosts in July.” In Scotland today in 1890, the Forth railway bridge is opened. It’s the longest in Britain at 1710 feet! Sadly, 57 people died building this bridge.
In 1895 Munich begins to give a driving test for bicycle riders. Those who pass receive licence plates for their bicycles. In 1884 a Munich businessman and his wife rode a home made bicycle down the main street. A headline in a leading newspaper protested the next day. “A SCANDELOUS DRIVE” “Without shame, proud as…
The first ballet is performed in London in 1717. Purim commemorates the day when the beautiful Jewish Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from destruction by Haman, the chief minister of King Ahasuerus and enemy of the Jews. At Ester’s behest Haman was hanged by the King instead of the Jews being hanged by…
‘Whan that month in which the world bigan, That highte March, whan God first maked man.’ Chaucer March was the beginning of the legal year in Great Britain and the Colonies until 1752. Thus, for example, from February 24, 1710, to March 4, 1711, was 8 days, not a year and 8 days. In the…