This Day; or, You Named Our Kid What?!

Published:April 5, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe

On (or about) this day in 1614, Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married. It was number two for both. (Rolfe’s first wife and child both died in Bermuda. The kid was actually named Bermuda.) The Reverend Richard Bucke did the honors, and he could cast no stones when it came to names. His kids were Mara (bitter), Gershon (expulsion), Benoni (sorrow), and Peleg (division).

Anyway, also on this day, in 1926, Richard E. Byrd left Brooklyn with a fifty-two-member expedition to explore the Arctic by air. He was racing another semi-crazy person for the honor of being first; he won, but some people claim he cheated.