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August 29, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Troy

Troy 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:
  • Edmond Hoyle (British writer) publishes his A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist, 1742
  • Daniel Halladay (a machinist in Connecticut) patents his water pumping windmill, the first that could turn to face the wind and control the speed of the wheel automatically, 1854
  • The world's first dinner cooked on an all-electric stove is demonstrated by Thomas Ahearn in Ottawa, Canada, 1883
  • The south cantilever arm of the Québec Bridge near Québec City, Canada, collapses during construction killing 75 workers including 33 Mohawk steel workers, 1907
  • Ishi, the last member of the Yahi and considered to be the last "wild" native American, emerges starving from the Butte County wilderness near Oroville, California, 1911
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  • John Locke (1632-1704), influential British philosopher and social contract theorist, , arguing that a government could only be legitimate if it received the consent of the governed
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894), American physician and writer, regarded as one of the best poets of the 19th century
  • Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982), Swedish-born international film star
  • John McCain (b. 1936), American military veteran and politician, centrist Republican senator from Arizona
  • Jerry Bailey (b. 1957), leading American thoroughbred racing jockey, having won over 5,800 races including a record 15 wins in Breeders' Cup races
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