every once in a while…

i like to visit Wikipedia’s Main Page and click on the date, just to “see what’s happened.”

and you know, i never realized how important April 9 was. well, or at least interesting.

most Southerners know that it’s the anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. but it’s also the anniversary of the Alaska purchase, the beginning of the first Freedom Ride, the opening of the Suez Canal and the announcement of the Mercury Seven.

the first Boeing 737 and first British-built Concorde made their maiden flights on April 9.

lots of birthdays, too. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Hugh Hefner, Carl Perkins and Dennis Quiad were all born on an April 9. as was Cheeta!

i wonder what happened tomorrow…

quote of the day:

“I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions to be observed in the construction of bridges lest the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed or shackled by recording or registering as law the prejudices or errors of today.” – Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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