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Stephen KING
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September 21, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Joel Chandler Harris Home

Joel Chandler Harris The Atlanta, Georgia, home of author, journalist amd folklorist Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 until his death in 1908. More commonly known as the Wren's Nest, today it is the oldest house museum in Atlanta. Largely unchanged since Harris's death, the historic home contains the original Harris furnishings as well as the original paint colors. It is an excellent and rare example of the early Victorian Queen Anne style in the Atlanta area

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On This Day:
  • Virgil dies at age 50, having removed from his last will an earlier request that The Aeneid be burned upon his death, 19 BC
  • First successful daily newspaper in the U.S. - the Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser - begins publication, 1784
  • The "Star Spangled Banner" by lawyer Francis Scott Key (first titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,”) is first published as a poem, 1814; the published broadside included instructions that it be sung to the 18th-century British melody “Anacreon in Heaven” and the U.S congress made it the official national anthem in 1931
  • Hobbit Day - Tolkien's The Hobbit comes off the presses in 1937
  • First synthetic cortizone treatment of human arthritis, 1948
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  • John Loudon McAdam (1756-1836), Scottish engineer, inventor and namesake of the macadam road surface
  • Charles-Jules-Henri Nicolle (1866-1936), French bacteriologist, discovered body louse vector of typhus
  • Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), pioneer science fiction writer, humanitarian, and futurist ("Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe")
  • Leonard Cohen (b.1934), Canadian poet and singer
  • Stephen King (b. 1947-), American novelist and short-story writer, primarily known for his revival of horror fiction
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