Monday, April 11, 2011
THIS DAY IN DELAWARE HISTORY
Are you interested in the history of the First State? If so, you might enjoy the following recurring entry on Delaware’s official website.
1631 An expedition from Holland settled 28 colonists at Zwanendael (Valley of the Swans) near Lewes Creek. A year later they were all found massacred by Indians.
1798 Alfred Victor du Pont was born in Paris. After the disastrous explosion at the Du Pont Powder Works on the Brandywine in 1818 that killed 33 workers, it was he who helped his father Eleuthere Irenee restore the business.
1952 Ashworth Burslem of Wilmington presented his play "Patty Cannon" to two packed performances at Laurel High School.
1968 Recently signed headliners scheduled to appear later at the Delaware State Fair were the Cowsills, Lynn Anderson, and Sally Starr.
Compiled by historian Roger Martin