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August 2, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Troy

TheMount 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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  • First woman is appointed to U.N. Security Council, Jean Cisse of Guinea, 1972
  • Sherlock Holmes's adventure, His Last Bow, takes place today, 1914
  • Peanuts, first comic strip to appear in 2000 newspapers at the same time, 1984
  • William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), American Beat movement writer (Naked Lunch; Soft Machine; Kentucky Ham), dies on this day, 1997
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  • Aino Kallas (pseud. Aino Krohn & Aino Suonio) (1878-1956) Finnish writer (The Wolf's Bride; The White Ship: Estonian Tales)
  • John A.D. McCurdy (1886-1961), Canadian aviation pioneer
  • Peter O'Toole (b. 1932), Irish actor (Lawrence of Arabia)
  • Zhao Zhengkai (pseud. Bei Dao) (b. 1949), Chinese poet (Notes from the City of the Sun; Old Snow; Blue House)
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