This Day (King of Byrds Edition)

Published:October 25, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

On this day in 1760, King George II died after suffering a stroke at Kensington Palace in London. His grandson, George William Frederick, succeeded him as king, but waited nearly a year—until after he had married—to be coronated.

And on this day in 1888, Richard E. Byrd was born in Winchester. The younger brother of Harry F. Byrd became a noted Arctic and Antarctic explorer who earned his fifteen minutes in 1926 as the first man credited with flying to the North Pole.


IMAGES: King George III (in coronation robes) by Allan Ramsay, 1761–1762; Richard E. Byrd (Virginia Historical Society); map of Byrd’s Second Antarctic Expedition, 1934 (Library of Congress)