Happy Easter to all our friends!
Today, the city of Los Angeles turns 160 years old. Happy Birthday, L.A.
It's also the anniversary of the day Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded "Micro-Soft," in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They adapted John Kemeny's BASIC computer language for H. Edward Roberts' Altair 8800.
Dr. Kemeny was the President of Dartmouth when I was a student there, and I had several private meetings with him (I discovered that students seldom took advantage of his office hours, so I'd just go in to chat with him about various issues. His secretary did not like me, as we always ran long). The New Hampshire license plate on his car was "BASIC."
Three hundred Ritz Camera stores nationwide begin clearance sales today as part of the chain's bankruptcy proceeding.
It's poet Maya Angelou's birthday.
Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on April 4th, 1968.
Muddy Waters would have been 96 today. (He died in 1983.)
This is the day three years ago that Don Imus made his "nappy headed hos" remark about the Rutgers University women's basketball team, which eventually resulted in his being fired by CBS.
On April 4th, 1964, the Beatles had the top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Senator H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania died on April 4th, 1991, when his private plane hit a helicopter. I had an encounter with him too, when he came to visit the owner of a B&B where I was staying on Nantucket. His widow later married Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
In 1581, Sir Francis Drake was knighted on the deck of his ship the Golden Hinde on April 4th by Queen Elizabeth I for circumnavigating the world. Never met him.
Incidentally, Drake's plunder from his voyage was so great that the smallest share, which went to a cabin boy, was the equivalent of more than £1 million in today's money. A seaworthy and extensively sailed replica of The Golden Hinde, which can be visited in London today, can be rented as "an atmospheric maritime location for film or photography"—or for children's birthday parties (the website says, "Children may come dressed as pirates if they wish").
On this day in 1818, the U.S. Congress decided that the American flag should have a star added every time a new state was admitted to the union. The number of stripes was limited to 13, one for each of the original colonies.
In 1887, Susanna Medora Salter was elected Mayor of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first female mayor of an American town.
In Taiwan and Hong Kong, it's Children's Day.
And it's a beautiful cool sunny day here in Wisconsin. I hope you have a nice day.
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