Apr. 28, 1999
Sweet Betsy from Pike
Lyrics: "Sweet Betsy from Pike,", a 19th Century American Folksong.
It was on this day in 1947 that the Norwegian anthropologist THOR HEYERDAHL and five others shoved off from a dock in Peru aboard a balsa wood craft, the Kon Tiki, on a trip to prove that Peruvian Indians could have crossed the Pacific and settled Polynesia.
It's the birthday of Scottish folk singer JEAN REDPATH, born in Edinburgh in 1937.
It's the birthday in Monroeville, Alabama, 1926, of HARPER LEE, author of only one book, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960).
It's the birthday of folksinger and pioneer folklorist JOHN JACOB NILES, born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1892, who collected many folk songs from the Southern Appalachians in the early 20th century.
It was on this day in 1687 that the first volume of Isaac Newton's MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY was published in England.
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