1000 AD Leif Erikson landed in North America.
1701 Yale University was chartered.
1940 John Lennon was born.
Today is Leif Erikson Day. This anniversary commemorates the supposed landing of the Viking explorer on the North American mainland near Newfoundland in 1000 ad. Erikson and his party didn’t stay for long, instead they set sail for the more hospitable climbs of the Greenland coast.
This is the day when, in 1701, the Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered. This institution of higher learning was later named Yale University. This institution has turned out some of America’s greatest leaders—and turned down some of America’s great leaders as well. That’s the hazard of any selection system. Yale’s motto speaks of “light and truth.” Yet, each of us sees the truth in our own light.
Today is John Lennon’s birthday. The boy who grew up to become a member of the rock band, the Beatles, was born in Liverpool in 1940. In honor of his all too short life, we should take a moment to imagine; to imagine where his life would have taken him were he alive today. Before he died, he had been devoting more and more time and energy to a number of worthy causes, using the fame and influence he’d accumulated in music toward a hope of world peace. You might say he was a dreamer, but he wasn’t the only one.