On this date in 1810, Lord Byron imitates Leander by swimming the Hellespont. Byron completed this feat in an hour and 10 minutes. He celebrates (eventually) by recording his accomplishment in his poem Don Juan:
A better swimmer you could scarce see ever
He could, perhaps, have pass’d the Hellespont
As once (a feat which we ourselves we prided)
Leander, Mr. Ekenhead, and I did.