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April 6, 2011

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P��� 22 Moments in Time The History Channel On April 5, 1614, Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian con- federacy, marries English tobacco plant- er John Rolfe in Jamestown, Va. Poca- hontas had been kidnapped and used as a hostage for peace negotiations. By the time she was released, she had fallen in love with John Rolfe. On April 9, 1859, a 23-year-old Missouri youth named Samuel Langhorne Clem- ens receives his steamboat pilot’s license. During his time as a pilot, he picked up the term “Mark Twain,” a boatman’s call noting that the river was only 2 fathoms deep, the minimum depth for safe navi- gation. He used it as a pseudonym in his writing for nearly 50 years. On April 10, 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is founded in New York City by philan- thropist and diplomat Henry Bergh. Bergh’s impassioned accounts of the horrors infl icted on animals convinced ���.D�����M��������.��� the New York State legislature to pass the ASPCA charter. On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens -- 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theo- dosius I. King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the interna- tional competition. On April 4, 1913, Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters is born in Clarksdale, Miss. Born McKinley Morganfi eld, he wrote “Rollin’ Stone,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Mannish Boy” and “Got My Mojo Working,” songs that would later pro- vide inspiration to Bob Dylan. On April 7, 1920, classically trained sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar is born in Vara- nasi, India. The Beatles studied under Shankar and experimented with the distinctive sitar sound in songs such as “Norwegian Wood” and “Within You, Without You.” (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange but True By Samantha Weaver It was venerable American newscaster David Brinkley who made the following sage observation: “The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news, we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.” According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat in the world was named Creme Puff and lived to the ripe old age of 38 years and three days. If you do much printing, you might not be surprised to learn that if you fi gure out the cost by volume, the average ink cartridge for a printer costs seven times more than Dom Perignon champagne. On an average day in the United States, 90 million cans of beer will be con- sumed. If you’re planning a summer jaunt to Atlantic City, N.J., this year, you might want to stop by Margate City, just a A���� 6, 2011 couple of miles south of the gambling mecca. While you’re there you can see the oldest zoomorphic structure in the United States. Lucy the Elephant, built in 1882 by James V. Lafferty, is 65 feet tall and has served at various times as a cottage, a business offi ce, a restaurant and a tavern. In 1976 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. It was United Airlines that hired the fi rst stewardesses for its fl ights, back in 1930. In addition to being attractive and charming, stewardesses had to be regis- tered nurses. Those who study such things say that in ancient Mesopotamia, it was not un- usual for those of the wealthy classes to crush semiprecious stones and adhere the powder to their lips. Thought for the Day: “In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.” -- Oscar Wilde (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. CAN‛T FIND “THE MESSENGER”? JOIN THE THOUSANDS READING IT ONLINE! Sign up for FREE VIP alerts when the next E-edition of the DESERT MESSENGER is available @ Between Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 29,2011 there was 21,115 page views PUZZLE PAGE (page 20) ANSWERS

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