Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Today in History: April 23

  • 1564 William Shakespeare (by tradition) born; wrote some tremendous plays -- now is the time to brush up your Shakespeare.
  • 1858 German physicist Max Planck born; 1918 Nobel, founding quantum theory through his analysis of black-body radiation and the discovery of Planck's Law.
  • 1895 Kiwi author Ngaio Marsh born; one of the Four Queens of Crime (which included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham); wrote detective Roderick Alleyn mysteries.
  • 1982 The Mayor and Council of the city of Key West declared "independence", establishing the Conch Republic. In 2006, over an attempt to annex the abandoned Seven Mile Bridge span, the Republic was recognized by Florida governor Jeb Bush: "With all due respect to the Conch Republic, the bridge belongs to all the people of Florida, and we're not currently in negotiations to sell it."
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