Friday, April 8, 2011

Here's looking at him

The painter Pablo Picasso died on this day in 1973. His last words:

"Drink to me."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

One dies every minute, too

P. T. Barnum ("There's a sucker born every minute") died on this day in 1891. His last words:

"How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?"

Monday, April 4, 2011

He had a dream

Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on this day in 1968.

"The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream; it is a most depressing and humiliating reality." -- Oscar Wilde.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

We'll be the judge of that

Esther Morris, the first woman judge in the U. S., died on this day in 1902, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

"A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view." -- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906).

Friday, April 1, 2011

What's goin' on?

Soul singer Marvin Gaye died on this day in 1984, one day before his forty-fifth birthday.

Gaye's clergyman father shot and killed him after an argument.

Gaye was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

"Music is one of the closest link-ups with God that we can probably experience," Gaye said. "I think it's a common vibrating tone of the musical notes that holds all life together."