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July 28, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Zora Neale Hurston house

Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston (1901-1960), writer, folklorist, and anthropologist, was a noted black female writer of the mid-20th century. In addition to her four novels, two books of folklore, and an autobiography, Hurston wrote over 50 short stories and essays; her work, viewed by some as controversial, neither romaticized black folk life nor condemned it. Hurston lived in this house while working as teacher and a reporter and columnist for the Fort Pierce Chronicle in the final years of her life.

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  • Sir Thomas Harriott (explorer, navigational expert, mathematician, scientist and astronomer), while on an expedition with Sir Walter Raleigh in America, sends a description of the potato plant back to Britain, 1586
  • Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service in India, forces a road contractor to put his hand-print on a document, thus paving the way for fingerprinting, 1858
  • Secretary of State William Seward issues a proclamation certifying the ratification of the 14th Amendment which grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” including former slaves recently freed, 1868
  • A fan sends the first singing telegram, sung over the telephone by Lucille Lipps to Rudy Vallee on his birthday, via Western Union, 1933
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  • Karl Popper (1902-1994), British philosopher
  • Clarence Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957), English novelist, poet
  • John Ashbery (b. 1927), American poet
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994), First Lady of U.S. 1960-63
  • Terry Fox (1958-1981), Canadian athlete, humanitarian, cancer activist
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