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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.


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.