Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This Day in History

by Isabeau Pope
from Zydeco Cakes 


Do you want to know a strange fact about me?  Okay, here it is. I love history. I mean really, I just love it. I don't talk about it much because people think that I'm not exactly the intellectual type, but I think the past is just so interesting. 

For instance, did you know that April 14, 1865 is the day that John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln? That on the very same day, Secretary of State William H Seward and his family were attacked in their home by Lewis Powell? That the very exact same day the U.S. Secret Service was formed to fight counterfeiting? And that Mobile, Alabama was captured by Union troops during the unpleasantness some people refer to as the Civil War? 

Side note: It wasn't actually a "civil" war, at least not from the Southern perspective. I mean, think about it. The southern states left the United States of America and formed a whole 'nother country--the Confederate States of America. So in our minds, since we weren't even part of the same country, it was a war of northern aggression, That's what the whole fight was about in the first place, but that's a story for another day. 

History is just so much more than what we were taught in school. Seriously. 

On April 14, 1860 the first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco. The mail had been carried all the way from St. Joseph, Missouri, so almost 2,000 miles, by men and boys who rode as hard and fast as they could for about 100 miles (changing horses about every 10-15 miles), then they'd hand their packet off to another rider and wait for someone bringing mail back the other way. 

And on April 14, 1828, the first American dictionary was published. 

Did you know that on April 14, 1961, Robert Carlyle was born (for those who don't know, he plays Rumpelstiltskin on Once Upon a Time) and on April 14, 1759 George Friedrich Handel (the guy who wrote Water Music and Messiah) died. 

And that's only a little bit of the stuff that has happened on this day in history. 

I don't know. Maybe it's silly, but I like to know stuff. Not the kind of stuff that helps you pass a test in school, but just . . . stuff. Random stuff that nobody really needs to know for any useful reason.  You never know when it's going to come in handy. Over drinks at the Dizzy Duke maybe. We get into some pretty strange conversations after work, and I just love knowing something that Ox doesn't. It keeps him humble. 

But enough about me. What about you? What's your secret passion? I know you must have one. 


Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero.

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photo credit Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln via photopin (license) 
photo credit Robert Carlyle: Robert Carlyle via photopin (license)


  1. When I was a girl, the history they taught was all dates, kings, and battles, all very dry and boring. Now I think of history as stories (his stories *and* her stories, if you get what I mean...) and it can be fascinating. But my real passion is spinning and weaving, and I guess that's no secret. Oh, I do like to help my Threadville friends snoop around whenever it's necessary, and maybe that should be a secret, in case the police chief thinks we're interfering in one of her cases again.

    1. I'd like to try my hand at spinning and weaving some day. I think it would be very interesting and satisfying in a creative way. As for the snooping, a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do. That's all I can say.

  2. Fun random information. Great stuff

  3. I enjoyed reading all the fun facts about history. Thank you for sharing.