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M. R. JAMES
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August 1, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Troy

TheMount Troy, with its 4,000 years of history and nine levels, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Troy is directly associated with the literary works of Homer (The Iliad) and Virgil (The Aeneid), The siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century B.C., immortalized by Homer in the Iliad, has inspired great creative artists throughout the world ever since. The first excavations at the site were undertaken by Heinrich Schliemann in 1870 and are still ongoing.

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On This Day:
  • English chemist Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), discovers oxygen ("de-phlogisticated air"), 1774. He published his discovery the following year in Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
  • All slaves in the British Empire are emancipated, 1834
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is established, 1916
  • Thirteen year old Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary, 1944
  • The United States Atomic Energy Commission is established, fostering peace time development of atomic technology by taking it away from the military and moving it into civilian control, 1946
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Claudius I (10 BC-54 AD), fourth Roman emperor
  • Richard Wilson (1714-1782), Welsh romantic painter, specialized in landscapes
  • Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882), American writer and lawyer (Two Years Before the Mast; The Seaman's Friend - Containing a Treatise on Practical Seamanship, with Plates)
  • Anne Hébert (1916-2000), French Canadian novelist, poet, playwright, and short-story writer (Le Tombeau des Rois, "The Tomb of the Kings"; Le Premier Jardin, "The First Garden")
  • Allan Geoffrey Yates (pseud. Carter Brown, Caroline Farr, Tom Conway, Paul Valdez) (1923-1985), Australian writer (Venus Unarmed; The Mermaid Murmurs Murder)
  • Ko Un (b. 1933), Korean writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (The Sound of My Waves; Ten Thousand Lives)
  • Koichi Wakatai (b. 1963), Japanese astronaut
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