Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552 1616) was an English writer. He is principally
remembered for his efforts in promoting and supporting the settlement of
North America by the English through his works, notably Divers Voyages
Touching the Discoverie of America (1582) and The Principal Navigations,
Voiages, Traffiques and Discoueries of the English Nation (15891600).
Educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, between 1583 and
1588 Hakluyt was chaplain and secretary to Sir Edward Stafford, English
ambassador at the French court. An ordained priest, Hakluyt held important
positions at Bristol Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and was personal
chaplain to Sir Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, principal Secretary of
State to Elizabeth I and James I. He was the chief promoter of a petition to
James I for letters patent to colonize Virginia, which were granted to the
London Company and Plymouth Company (referred to collectively as the
Virginia Company) in 1606.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue, one of the first major railway
electrification systems in the United States, made its final Washington,
D.C., to New York City run.
Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco
performed the world's first human open fetal surgery.
In one of the deadliest spree killings in modern history, former South
Korean police officer Woo Bum-kon killed a total of 57 people in one night,
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl, Ukrainian SSR, suffered a
steam explosion (damage pictured), resulting in a fire, a nuclear meltdown,
and the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people around Europe.
Controversy surrounding the relocation of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn, a
Soviet Red Army World War II memorial in Tallinn, Estonia, erupted into mass
protests and riots.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind
realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are
written the words: Ye must have faith. It is a quality which the scientist
cannot dispense with.
-- Max Planck
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