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August 30, 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:
  • Tyrus "Ty" Cobb, the "Georgia peach", widely considered one of the greatest of all American baseball players, makes his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers, 1905
  • Bob Dylan releases his influential album Highway 61 Revisited featuring the song "Like a Rolling Stone", 1965
  • Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
  • Popular British-born novelist Taylor Caldwell dies (Bright Flows the River; I, Judas; This Side of Innocence; The Glory and the Lightning), 1985
  • The 17th Street Canal levee in New Orleans is breeched during Hurricane Katrina, resulting in massive flooding and destruction, 2005
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  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), British novelist (Frankenstein, Valperga, The Last Man, Mathilda)
  • John W. Mauchly (1907-1980), American physicist and engineer, pioneer in developing the first electronic computers
  • Sylvia Earle (b. 1935), prominent American oceanographer
  • Robert Dennis Crumb (b. 1943), American artist, cartoonist, and illustrator, a founder of the underground comics movement and known for his critical, satirical view of the American mainstream
  • Molly Ivins (b. 1944), American political columnist and humorist
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