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November 22, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Margaret Laurence Home

Margaret Laurence Home Margaret Laurence was born in Neepawa, Manitoba on July 18, 1926 to Robert Harrison Wemyss, a lawyer, and his wife Verna Jean. A novelist and short story writer she is one of the major figures in Canadian literature and also a founder of the Writers' Trust of Canada which seeks to encourage Canada's writing community. After her best known novel, The Stone Angel, a woman's account of life in Manitoba, her works continued to express the changing role of women's lives in the 1970s.

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On This Day:
  • Victorian novelist, George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Ann Cross), (Silas Marner, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda), dies, 1880
  • Flying boat, China Clipper, a four-engined seaplane piloted by Capt. Edwin Musick, takes off from Alameda, California on first United States trans-Pacific airmail flight, 1935; one week and four stops later, the China Clipper was in Manila and "Clippermania" swept the land
  • The National Humane Society (now the Humane Society of the United States), is co-founded by Fred Myers, Larry Andrews, Marcia Glaser, and Helen Jones with borrowed money to "protect animals, end slaughterhouse abuse and stop overbreeding", 1954
  • American President, John F. Kennedy (JFK) is fatally shot by sniper, Lee Harvey Oswald, while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie, in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas, 1963
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  • Wiley Post (1899-1935), U.S. aviator, first to fly solo around world - 15 July, 1931
  • Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999), Spanish composer, wrote in Braille, Concierto de Aranjuez, etc.
  • Louis Néel (1904-2000), 1970 Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • Billie Jean King (b. 1943), tennis champion, activist for equal pay in professional sports
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