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October 24, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Leo Tolstoy Home

Leo Tolstoy Home Yasnaya Polyana (Bright Glade) is the birthplace, home, and final resting place of Russian author Leo Tolstoy. Here he wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina and here his thirteen children were all born on the same leather couch where Tolstoy himself was born. It was kept in his study next to his writing desk and is still there today. In 1921 the estate became his memorial museum first run by his daughter Alexandra Tolstaya. The author's great-great grandson Vladimir Tolstoy is the current director. The museum contains Tolstoy's personal effects, furniture and his library of 22,000 volumes. The school he founded for peasant children is on the grounds.

For more information click here: Tolstoy Museum, or click here for books by Leo Tolstoy and here for Russian Literature.

On This Day:
  • Eustache Martin, first French child born in North America, is baptized, 1621; born to Marguerite Langlois and Abraham Martin (the farmer who gave his name to the "Plains of Abraham" in Québec City)
  • Langston Hughes' play "Mulatto" opens on Broadway, 1935
  • United Nations Day, remembering the day the UN charter took effect in 1945
  • Deep Space 1 (DS1), a spacecraft of the NASA New Millennium Program, is launched, 1998
  • International Day of Climate Action, a day of political action to address global warming, holding over 5,200 synchronized demonstrations occurring in 181 countries, 2009
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  • Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), Dutch microscopy pioneer and naturalist
  • Belva Bennett Lockwood (1830-1917), American feminist, lawyer, first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Alexandra David-Neel (1868–1969), French feminist, Tibet explorer, and Sanskrit grammarian
  • Moss Hart (1904-1961), American playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner for You Can't Take It With You
  • John Tuzo Wilson 1908-1993, Canadian geologist and geophysicist, proved definitively the phenomenon of continental drift and seafloor spreading
  • Denise Levertov (1923-1997), British-born American poet, poet editor for The Nation and Mother Jones
  • Paula Gunn Allen (b. 1939), native American scholar, poet, novelist, critic
  • Yanda Nossiter (b. 1976), Australian Olympic canoeist
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