On This Day, April 21

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C. Another Roman foundation legend, which has its origins in ancient Greece, tells of how the mythical Trojan Aeneas founded Lavinium and started a dynasty that would lead to the birth of Romulus and Remus several centuries later. In the Iliad, an epic Greek poem probably composed by Homer in the eighth century B.C., Aeneas was the only major Trojan hero to survive the Greek destruction of Troy. A passage told of how he and his descendants would rule the Trojans, but since there was no record of any such dynasty in Troy, Greek scholars proposed that Aeneas and his followers relocated. Romam venit ad bibliothecam,  in hoopla et OverDrive.


The Platters hit #1 on the R&B chart and #1 on the pop chart with “Twilight Time”, and #3 on the R&B chart and #1 (1/19/59) on the pop chart with “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.” Both singles are released on Mercury Records. Find the Platters on hoopla and Freegal.


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