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August 22, 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
  • Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention which provides for the care of wounded soldiers and the protection of medical facilities giving such care, 1864
  • The theft of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, taken from the Louvre during the night, is discovered, 1911
  • The NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, completes its maiden voyage, 1962
  • The first complete ring around the planet Neptune is discovered by the Voyager 2 space probe, 1989
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  • Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906), American aeronautics pioneer who built the first heavier-than-air flying machine to achieve sustained flight
  • George Washington De Long (1844-1881), United States Navy officer and ill-fated Arctic explorer
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French composer (Nocturne, La Mer, Suite Bergamasque which includes the popular "Claire de Lune")
  • Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), an American writer and poet known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and viciously humorous poems (Big Blond and Other Stories, Laments for the Living, Not So Deep As a Well, Death and Taxes)
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), French photographer, considered to be the father of modern photojournalism
  • Denton A. Cooley (b. 1920), pioneering American heart surgeon, first to transplant an artificial heart into a human
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