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1413
Henry V is crowned King of England.

1483
Edward IV dies at age 40 in Westminster probably due to apoplexy by excess.

1682
French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.

1821

French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire (Les Fleurs de Mal) born in Paris.

Cats

These fervent lovers and austere savants
Equally like, in their ripe season
The cats powerful and mild, house proud
Who between them are chilly and sedentary.

These friends of the science and luxury
Seekers of silence and the horrors of night;
Erebus would use them as funeral horses
If there pride inclined them to servitude.

They dream in the attitude of nobles
Like large sphinxes streched in a bed of solitude
Who appear to fall asleep and dream of the end.

Their fecundity is full of sparks of magic,
and particles of gold, like grains of fine sand,
Blazing vaguely in their eyes mysticly.

by Charles Baudelaire
translated by Grey Coopre

1830
Photographer Eadweard Muybridge born in Kingston upon Thames, England. He did important work in photographic studies of motion.

1865

On a Palm Sunday, General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at a farmhouse in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

1895
Blues musician Mance Lipscomb born near Navasota, Texas.

1898
Renaissance man Paul Robeson born in Princeton, New Jersey.

1914
During the Mexican Revolution a bi-plane dropped bombs on two gunboats becoming one of world's first naval/air skirmishes.

1926

Playboy
publisher and man about town, Hugh Hefner born in Chicago.

1928
Songwriter, satirist and mathematcian Tom Lehrer (Poisoning Pidgeons in the Park) born in New York City.

1932
Editor of The Realist & cofounder of the Youth International Party, Paul Krassner born New York.

Rock n' Roller Carl Perkins (Blue Suede Shoes) born in Tiptonville, Tennessee.

1933
French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (Breathless) in in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

1936
Radical feminist author and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas born in Ventnor City, New Jersey.

1937
The Mitsubishi Kamikaze-Go airplane arrives in London.
It was the first Japanese-built aircraft to fly to Europe.

1939
Marian Anderson sings a recital at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, after being denied permission to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall.

1959

NASA introduces the first seven astronauts who will be part of Project Mercury.
They are quickly dubbed the Mercury Seven by the press.

1965
The Houston Astrodome opens with the first indoor baseball game played between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.
The Astros won 2 - 1.

1969

The album Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan was released.


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