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Hilaire BELLOC
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July 27, 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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  • Atlantic Cable from Ireland to Newfoundland, Canada, is successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for first time, 1866
  • Philip Pratt, "father of the American electric automobile", demonstrated his electric tricycle, 1888
  • Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, is discovered by Canadian biochemists Frederick Banting and Charles Best at University of Toronto, 1921
  • Grasshopper infestation dessimated thousands of acres of crops in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, 1931
  • Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts (number one: "I'll Never Smile Again", Tommy Dorsey), 1940
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  • Geoffrey de Havilland (1882-1965), British aircraft designer
  • Agnes Yarnall (1904-1989), American sculptor, artist and author
  • Curnick Ndlovu (b. 1932), South African trade union leader
  • Bharati Mukherjee (b. 1940), Indian-born American writer
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