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Theodore DREISER
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August 27, 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:
  • Krakatoa, an Indonesian volcanic island, erupts in a cataclysmic explosion heard as far away as Australia, causing shock waves felt around the world for days and resulting in over 36,000 deaths, 1883
  • The first edition of The Guinness Book of World Records is published and released in the UK, 1955
  • The Mariner 2 space probe is launched by NASA; it will fly past Venus the following December returning data on the planet, 1962
  • Largest hailstone ever found in Canada (three times larger than a golf ball) falls at Cedoux, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1973
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Today's Birthdays:

  • John Buchan (1875-1940), Scottish novelist and politician (The Thirty-Nine Steps, Mountain Meadow, The Three Hostages)
  • Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim (1898-1979), American art collector
  • Albert Bruce Sabin (1906-1993), Polish-American physician and microbiologist, developer of the first oral polio vaccine
  • Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), American social critic and writer (Global Women, Bait and Switch, Nickel and Dimed)
  • Will Shortz (b. 1952), puzzle creator and New York Times crossword puzzle editor
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