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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

On this day ... 5 April

5 April 1887 -- Helen Keller, blind and deaf, learned the meaning of the word "water" from her gifted teacher, Anne Sullivan

5 April 1887 -- British historian Lord Acton wrote, "All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

5 April 1895 -- Oscar Wilde lost the libel case he brought against the Marquess of Queensberry, who accused the Irish writer of homosexuality.

5 April 1923 -- British archaeologist Lord Carnarvon, who had opened Tutankhamen's tomb a few months earlier, died of a mysterious ailment, giving birth to the enduring legend of The Curse of the Pharaoh.

5 April 1960 -- British publisher Peter LLewellyn Davies, who as a child was the inspiration for James Barrie's Peter Pan, committed suicide, the third of the five brothers to die in tragic circumstances.

2 comments:

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Great info!

Joan Druett said...

Thank you! I'll keep an eye on historic dates for other word-related titbits.