In case you didn’t know, a lot of things happened on February 13.
1542: Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was executed for adultery.
1689: William and Mary, were proclaimed co-rulers of England.
1945: RAF bombers were dispatched to Dresden, Germany to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment.
1955: Israel obtained four of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
1990: An agreement was reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany.
Yes, these are but a few of the interesting historical things you can find out more about if you are so inclined.
It is also the birthday of Chuck Yeager (b. 1923)– WWII flying ace and test pilot who famously broke the sound barrier.
Sam Shepard played him in The Right Stuff (1983). Yeager wrote an autobiography called Yeager: An Autobiography, which I think I will read. I will certainly toast him tonight.
“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up, but you don’t give up.”
On a personal note regarding things in the history genre: the other day, while perusing the latest issue of Missouri Conservationist, I came across an interesting article about Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, who made an amazing 900-mile trek 200 years ago into what is now southern Missouri and northern Arkansas to learn more about the lead mining potential in the area. This was Osage country then and pretty wild. There were not a lot of white settlers around, just scattered cabins. It was easy to get lost and he and his partner did, several times.
Fascinating in itself, but, hey, look:
Matney’s Cabin! This is about the time our own Matneys were in Arkansas, having journeyed from western Virginia. (Our great-great-great grandmother Susanna Matney was, in fact, born in Arkansas in 1818!) Was this the cabin of William Matney, our great-great-great-great grandfather? Well, this got me started looking further into it and there is a Matney Knob in Arkansas on the White River that today features a beautiful Ozark Highlands Trail.
I also ordered Schoolcraft’s book, so I shall see what he had to say about Matney’s Cabin. (Probably not much. It is a travel journal, after all.)
The world is more than we know.
And this was adorable: the wee laddie on Instagram…