Friday, April 16, 2010
T.G.I. the 16th
So, it appears to be the anniversary of the day that Orville's brother, bicycle man/aviation enthusiast Wilbur Wright, was born in the year 1867, when Laura Ingalls was two months old. President Lincoln had been in his grave for two years. 1867 was the year in which czarist Russia sold the territory of Alaska to the U.S. for a little over 7 million bucks and Giuseppi Garibaldi led a small army of volunteers, marching to Rome, hoping to wrest the ancient city-state out of the Pope's control and into a united, independent Italy. Louisa May Alcott was finishing up her novel, Little Women, too. The great Marie Sklodowska Curie, future physicist was born that year and the equally noteworthy scientist, Michael Faraday, passed away, never to see one of the Wright Brothers' machines fly overhead.