On this day in 1802 John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.
In 1820 Britain’s King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.
In 1845 Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was published for the first time in the “New York Evening Mirror.”
In 1936 the first members of major league baseball’s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY.
In 1949 “The Newport News” was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship in Virginia.
And in 1990 Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from (what was at the time) America’s worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.
Quote of the Day
“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
Today is the birthday of Frederick Delius. Given the weather most of us are having, a reminder of what’s to come seems appropriate. So here’s Delius’ “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring” From George Morton, who I believe is the conductor. It’s the Sheffield University Orchestra, and they do a very nice rendition. 🙂
And this one makes me feel a little better about the weather. Kings College Choir, who never disappoints, with “In the Bleak Midwinter”. From Suila2007