Joan of France, wife of Louis XII: April 7th, 1498 - December, 1498
Anne of Brittany, wife of Louis XII: January 8th, 1499 - January 9th, 1514
Mary Tudor, wife of Louis XII: October 9th, 1514 - January 1st, 1515
April 2, 1805: Author Hans Christian Andersen is Born
On this day in 1805, author Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark. His most famous works include The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting tale of love with Great Performances’ “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”
Images clockwise from top: 1836 painting of Hans Christian Andersen by Christian Albrecht Jensen, “The Princess and the Pea” illustration by Edmund Dulac, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” illustration by Vilhelm Pedersen, “The Little Mermaid” illustration by Edmund Dulac, and “Thumbelina” illustration by Vilhelm Pedersen.
13 Oct 1967, Con Thien, South Vietnam —- Humor Under Fire. Con Thien, South Vietnam: At the forward Marine artillery base here which has been mercilessly pounded by North Vietnamese big guns, Cpl. Billy Winn of Cabot, Arkansas, adds a touch of sardonic humor to the situation with a message penned on his helmet cover. The inscription “Where is Lee Harvey Oswalt (sic) now that we really need him,” refers to the ex-Marine who assassinated President Kennedy.
Anonymous master - Reliquary of the jaw of St. Anthony. Basilica di Santo Antonio, Padua. 1349
April 3, 1882: Jesse James Shot Dead
One of America’s most famous criminals, Jesse James, is shot to death by fellow gang member Robert Ford, who betrayed James for reward money. For 16 years, Jesse and his brother, Frank, committed robberies and murders throughout the Midwest. Detective magazines and pulp novels glamorized the James gang, turning them into mythical Robin Hoods who were driven to crime by unethical landowners and bankers. In reality, Jesse James was a ruthless killer who stole only for himself.
His tombstone reads, “Jesse W. James, Died April 3, 1882, Aged 34 years, 6 months, 28 days, Murdered by a traitor and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here.” (history.com)
Photos: (L) Portrait of Jesse Woodson James by Apic/Getty (R) Corpse of Jesse James on display, photo by R. Uhlman/Corbis