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August 25, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Arna Bontemps Birthplace

TheMount Arno Bontemps was born in the city of Alexandria, Louisiana on October 13, 1902 to Charlie Bontemps and Marie Pembrooke Bontemps, a Louisiana Creole family. Bontemps was a prolific writer as well as a librarian. He received attention for his novels, God Sends Sunday (1931), and Black Thunder (1936). He also wrote the play St. Louis Woman (1946) with Countee Cullen. Through his authorship, librarianship and bibliographic work, Bontemps became a leading figure in establishing African-American literature as a legitimate object of study and preservation.

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On This Day:
  • Fleury Mesplet publishes the first issue of The Gazette (often called the "Montréal Gazette"), 1785; it is Québec's oldest daily newspaper and is the only English-language daily newspaper being published in Montréal
  • British forces set fire to many public buildings during the War of 1812 including the destruction of the Library of Congress containing 3,000 books, 1814; Thomas Jefferson later sold his personal library of more than 6,000 volumes to the government to restock the library
  • Baron Kitasato Shibasaburō (北里 柴三郎) (a Japanese physician and bacteriologist) identifies the infectious agent of bubonic plague in Hong Kong and publishes his findings in The Lancet, 1894
  • The U.S. National Park Service is created, 1916
  • U.S. President Harry Truman orders the Army to seize control of the railroads to avoid a strike, 1950
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Frances Bret Harte (1836-1902), American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California (The Luck of Roaring Camp, Tales of the Gold Rush, East and West Poems, The Outcasts of Poker Flat
  • Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), American composer, pianist, and conductor
  • Brian Moore (1921-1999), Irish-Canadian reporter for the Montréal Gazette and novelist (The Luck of Ginger Coffey; The Doctor's Wife; Black Robe)
  • Sir Sean Connery (b. 1930), Oscar-winning Scottich film actor, best known as the original James Bond
  • Charles Wright (b. 1935), award-winning American poet (Negative Blue, The World of the Ten Thousand Things, Southern Cross, Country Music)
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