Today in History: April 16



In 1705

"I'm making Newton knight,"

Queen Anne said,

"And all was light."*

*I don't know the exact words  Queen Anne chose when she knighted Isaac Newton on this day.  So I took the liberty of tweaking what the poet Alexander Pope wrote about him: "Nature and Nature's Laws lay in Night./ God said, Let Newton Be! And All was Light."

Newton knighted by Queen Anne

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