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.
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American pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock was born on this date in 1903. His best-selling book Baby and Child Care espoused the comforting idea that mothers “know more than [they] think they do.”
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On this date in 1968, the controversial musical Hair debuted on Broadway. The musical, which glorifies the hippie counter-culture and the sexual revolution of the 1960s, spawned many popular songs, including “The Age of Aquarius” and “Good Morning, Starshine.”
Read about UNT’s production of “Hair” here.
On this date, in 1789, Lt. William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift after the crew aboard his ship, The Bounty mutinied against him. In 1932, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall publish Mutiny on the Bounty, their account of the events.