April 5

Amber pages:

The personal history requires this first: the tragically youthful death of the man for whom I am first-named, Grandpa Dov, or Dovid, or David on his English gravestone, today in 1933.

Sometimes historical dates are small and narrow, at others universal:

2348 BCE: Noah's Ark grounded... or "mountained", to be geographically precise. And speaking of precision, this is self-evidently another of those "how do they know?" moments, and one for which 2348 BCE will ultimately shown to be out by - about 12 billion years, at current scientific estimation. There never was a physical Ark; like Phaeton's and Helios' Chariot, Noah's tale is a mythological (primordial-scientific) account of the journey of the sun across the elemental waters of the sky, a Babylonian Creation myth, with the breaking of the waters as a distinctly female fertility metaphor - so shouldn't this be on April 1st anyway, the first day of the newly created year?

347 BCE: Plato died... probably of sitting still too long and not getting enough exercise - the key difference between the two schools of education, and the reason why certain types of teacher needed the invention of ADHD, because the Platonic and the Aristotelian are incapable of co-existing in the same classroom - as Aristotle himself discovered, and left Plato's school to found his own, where he taught, among other ADHD students, Alexander of Macedon...

1588: Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher born... 

1614: Pocahontas (a.k.a. Matoaka, a.k.a. Rebecca) married John Rolfe,
in Virginia...

1653: First use of postage stamps, in Paris... was this the first anywhere? If not, not interesting enough to write about. If not, where was the first, and when?

1851: Central Park (New York) proposed (why am I writing about a proposal, and not its formal opening?)

1887 Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word "water", spelling it out in their literally manual alphabet (as with the postage stamp; was that her very first word? if not...) A full account of these two extraordianry women can be found in my novel "A Journey In Time"...

1895: Oscar Wilde arrested and charged in connection with his intimate
relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas (but this too is surely the wrong date: the arrest isn't the significant part; it's the sentencing... the poem that he wrote in Reading Gaol... his incarnation as Nathaniel in "Les Nourritures Terrestres", the key influence on Gide in Paris later...

1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg sentenced to death for stealing atomic secrets, which is mostly interesting because almost all the Los Alamos scientists were Germans and Russians bought in, or defected in, or brought in, so the Yanks could get there first...

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