Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Miscellany

This being the last day of National Poetry Month, and in lieu of any profound thoughts, here are a few random facts, literary and historical, about April 30:

1936 - English poet A. E. Housman dies
1492 - Christopher Columbus receives his royal commission
1492 - Spain announces expulsion of Jews
1945 - Adolph Hitler commits suicide
1938 - American science fiction writer Larry Niven is born
1945 - American writer Annie Dillard is born
1789 - George Washington takes office as first president of the United States

About April in general:

1564 - Great English playwright William Shakespeare is born
1616 - Miguel de Cervantes dies
1926 - Anne McCaffrey is born
1850 - William Wordsworth dies
1928 - Maya Angelou is born
1707 - Tom Jones author Henry Fielding is born
1775 - The Battles of Lexington and Concord, beginning the American War for Independence
1790 - Benjamin Franklin dies
1861 - Hostilities commence in American Civil War
1865 - General Lee surrenders to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, ending the Civil War
1910 - Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) dies
1912 - Bram Stoker dies
1843 - Henry James is born
1731 - Daniel Defoe dies


Alexander Field said...

Nice - thanks for the timeline on the last of this very poetic that Maya Angelou, Larry Niven, Annie Dillard and Anne McCaffrey were all born in the same month! : )

Keanan Brand said...

Yep, and there are "bazillions" more authors whose births or deaths are related to this month, but I wanted to keep the list short.

As I was wandering the web, looking for these April events, I found some of the historical events to be a little ironic.