May 14, 1999
Poem: "To Daffodils," by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674).
It was on this date in 1948, 51 years ago, that David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the STATE OF ISRAEL, just eight hours before the British Mandate over Palestine was set to expire.
It's the birthday of jazz drummer ZUTTY SINGLETON, born in the little town of Bunkie, Louisiana, 1898, about 120 miles northwest of New Orleans. His real name was Arthur James, but he picked up the name Zutty when he was still an infant, a Creole word that means "cute."
LEWIS AND CLARK set out from St. Louis on this day in 1804 on their great exploration of the West, which was, at the time, a big blank spot on the map. The idea to explore it came from President Thomas Jefferson, who picked Meriwether Lewis, and Lewis' friend, William Clark, to lead the 40-man group he dubbed "The Corps of Discovery". Lewis and Clark planned to travel up the Missouri as far as the Rocky Mountains, then cross to the Columbia and descend to the Pacific-they thought it would take about a year, but in the end it took two and a half years to make the round trip.
It's the anniversary of the 1607 founding of JAMESTOWN, the first permanent British settlement in North America, when 104 men landed on a peninsula in the James River, 60 miles upriver from the Chesapeake Bay.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®