Cruelest Month update

If April had Ides, they’d be today, and the 15th of April has not been the happiest of days in world history, quite apart from the fact that if you’re in the States, your income-tax return is probably due today. For example:

1865: Death of Abraham Lincoln.

1912: Sinking of RMS Titanic.

1927: Beginning of the Great Mississippi Flood.

1936: Arabs in Palestine revolt.

1989: Tiananmen Square protests begin.

2013: Whatever it was that happened in Boston today.

Perhaps a happier moment, from 1930: the birth of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, fourth president of Iceland, and the world’s first democratically elected (as distinguished from, say, the accession of Eva Perón) female head of state.

President Vigdis of Iceland

Vigdís was elected to her first term in 1980, and served until 1996. In this 2011 picture, there’s a lovely serenity to her, no doubt attributable to having governed a literal volcano of a country for sixteen years.


  1. Tatyana »

    15 April 2013 · 6:13 pm

    This 2011 picture of a woman born in 1930? Are you sure she is 81 in that picture?

    “Whatever happened in Boston today” – why don’t you call it what it is, a terrorist attack?

  2. CGHill »

    15 April 2013 · 8:11 pm

    I found it accompanying a 2011 news story, and didn’t see it elsewhere.

    In terms of terrorism, well, yes, it appears to meet the dictionary definition. And if I see something eight-sided, I could probably describe it as octagonal.

  3. Roger Green »

    16 April 2013 · 7:53 am

    Of course Boston was a terrorist attack. It engendered terror, understandably so.

  4. formwiz »

    6 May 2013 · 4:55 pm

    If Vigdis is 81 in that pic, there’s something about Icelandic we need to find out.

    She looks like she’s 51 there, and a damned good-looking 51 at that.

  5. CGHill »

    6 May 2013 · 7:50 pm

    I’d be happy to perform the research, had I the funding. :)

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