Snark Hunting Day

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1564 –
Christopher Marlowe, (d. 1593) author, dramatist, translator, and spy, is born Canterbury.

1693 – A royal charter was granted to the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia,

1868 –
Thomas Nast’s depiction of Uncle Sam with whiskers first appeared in print in Harper’s Weekly.

1876 – Lewis Carroll asks his publisher to print the title of his narrative poem The Hunting of the Snark on the dust jacket.

1935 –
The popular board game Monopoly went on sale for the first time, on this day in 1935.

1978 – The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of 4″ an hour. I remember this oh so well . . . my house had caught fire the week before and we had all moved into my aunts house across town. So, I spent the next 2 weeks snowed in with my ENTIRE family within 2 blocks of each other. An experience I would only revisit at the point of a gun.

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