April 14

Amber pages:

Today in 1629, Christian Huygens, Dutch physicist and astronomer, discovered Saturn's rings.

Today in 1861, Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederacy - the event which triggered the Amrican Civil War, and which is recorded in detail in my essay "Running Wild in Charleston", in "Travels In Familiar Lands".

Today in 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Today in 1912, at 11:40 pm, the Titanic struck an iceberg. It sank the following day at 2:27 am, taking 1,517 people down with it - amongst them, the most famous of the dead that day, Ida and Isidor Straus - for whom see December 23.

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