Ian Kahn visits Mount Vernon

He tells us, “Right before shooting this season in Richmond, I went to Mount Vernon, Washington’s Virginia home, and the head of Mount Vernon asked if I’d like to sleep there. I went, “For real?” He had a little cottage, and I had the grounds to myself. I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, sat behind the house and watched the sun rise over the Potomac, the way General Washington used to do. I tried to … commune with him. Sounds a little odd, but it’s the question you asked.”

WHAT?!?!?  I have looked over this article thinking it was from last season for some reason.  But, I finally read it and whaaaaaat?!  I have wanted to do that for years.  How could he sleep?  I wouldn’t have been able to.  What was it like?  Thank you alyssavonkirkbride for pointing out this article.  You can read the rest of it here:

The alcove of the dining room features carved medallions which depict either Henry VII and Elizabeth of York or Sir George and Lady Vernon

Beneath this 200 year old monument to George Washington, a time capsule filled with 3D printed scans will send messages to the future

Beneath this 200 year old monument to George Washington, a time capsule filled with 3D printed scans will send messages to the future

(Ed Gunts)

What do you put in a 21st century time capsule inside the cornerstone of a 19th century landmark that’s undergoing restoration? If the landmark is the nation’s first monument to George Washington, you put in a 3D printed likeness of the first president, hot off the 3D printer, of course. That’s the idea behind the four shiny objects that will be sealed within an 1815-era cornerstone…

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Chapter by Chapter: Goblet of fire

37:Harry winked at them, turned to Uncle Vernon, and followed him silently from the station. There was no point worrying yet, he told himself, as he got into the back of the Dursleys’ car. As Hagrid had said, what would come, would come …and he would have to meet it when it did.

This Day in History: April 16

In 1982, Mayor William Donald Schaefer unveiled his latest Baltimore sign, a 41-foot pylon near Russell Street. During his administration, Schaefer placed a variety of signs throughout the city in order to revamp Baltimore’s image. (Walter M. McCardell, Baltimore Sun photo, 1982)

1789: President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.

1889: Actor Charlie Chaplin was born in London.

1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

1935: The radio comedy program “Fibber McGee and Molly” premiered on the NBC Blue Network.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

"April in Paris" - by Vernon Duke and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg

“April in Paris” – by Vernon Duke and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg

“Place du Theatre-Francais, Spring” by Camille Pissarro: wikimedia commons

Vernon Duke is not as familiar a name as his friend and mentor’s, George Gershwin. Vernon Duke was born Vladimir Dukelsky and studied to be a classical composer before he and his family fled during the Russian Revolution. In America he met George Gershwin and when he began to write popular songs, at Gershwin’s suggestion,…

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pet peeve: how much everyone loves Bon Iver’s cover of ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ i’m so sorry but like it’s so bad and it angers me each time i try to listen to it to try and like it like everyone else does lmao

April 16

Section: “Not a  single day without an event”


World Voice Day

Birthday of Queen Margrethe II (Denmark)

Emancipation Day (Washington, D.C.)


1789 - President-elect George Washington left Mount  Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.

1912 - Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly  across the English Channel.

1917 - Revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned  to Russia after years of exile.

1947 - Financier and presidential confidant Bernard  M. Baruch said in a speech at the South Carolina statehouse, “Let us not  be deceived. We are today in the midst of a cold war.”

1962 - Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as  anchorman of “The CBS Evening News.”

1962 - Bob Dylan debuted his song “Blowin’ in  the Wind” at Gerde’s Folk City in New York.

1964 - “The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest  Hitmakers),” the band’s debut album, was released.

1972 - Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the  moon.

1992 - The House ethics committee listed 303 current  and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.

1996 - Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah,  the Duchess of York, announced they were getting a divorce.

2003 - Michael Jordan played his last NBA game as  his Washington Wizards ended their season with a loss to the Philadelphia  76ers.

Historic Birthdays

Henry Mancini 4/16/1924 - 6/14/1994 (American  composer)

Sir Kingsley Amis 4/16/1922 - 10/22/1995 (English  novelist, poet and critic)

Nikolay P. Akimov 4/16/1901 - 9/6/1968 (Russian  scenic designer and producer)

John M. Synge 4/16/1871 - 3/24/1909 (Irish poetic  dramatist)

Wilbur Wright 4/16/1867 - 5/30/1912 (American  inventor and aviation pioneer)

Anatole France 4/16/1844 - 10/12/1924 (French  writer; won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1921))

Ford Madox Brown 4/16/1821 - 10/6/1893 (English  painter)

Sir John Franklin 4/16/1786 - 6/11/1847 (English  rear admiral and explorer)

Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun 4/16/1755 - 3/30/1842 (French  painter)

Sir Hans Sloane 4/16/1660 - 1/11/1753 (English  physician and naturalist)