Let’s see. Best to go in chronological order, I suppose. On this day in 1585, a wave of English colonists dropped anchor at the Outer Banks, near Roanoke, except that the flagship Tiger ran around and ruined almost all of their food. Oops. This would lead to problems down the road with the locals.
Fast forward to 1776, and the Virginia Convention, now with an independent commonwealth on its hands, elects Patrick Henry its first governor. In retrospect, this seems all good, but at the time it infuriated Landon Carter, as we’ll see in a few days.
In 1862, they’re still dealing with this Seven Days’ business, today being the bloody kerfuffle at Savage’s Station. While on this day in 1927, during his post-Arctic years, Richard Byrd flew the first transatlantic airmail flight to France. Woo-hoo!* On a sadder note, it was on this day in 1975 that Richard Loving died in a car crash, eight years after the United States Supreme Court granted him the right to marry his beloved Beanpole.
* Byrd is big with the Kiwis, too. Not to mention the “apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and alternative” set.
IMAGE: Pipe-smokingly Byrd