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April 26, 2015

Literary Landmarks: Henry James

Henry James House Lamb House is an 18th-century house situated in Rye, East Sussex, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. The American novelist Henry James discovered Rye and Lamb House quite by chance whilst visiting an architect friend. He was enchanted by the house and delighted when the chance came to lease it in 1897 and purchase it two years later. James wrote three of his novels here, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl. He wrote in the garden room, a self-contained building next to the house built in 1743 as a separate banqueting room and destroyed in 1940 during a bombing raid. After James's death Lamb House became the residence of author E.F. Benson

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  • The Gestapo, Nazi Germany's official secret police force, is established in Prussia, 1933
  • Guernica, Spain, is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, 1937
  • In the Soviet Union the Chernobyl nuclear plant experiences a catastrophic explosion and nuclear meltdown, sending a cloud of radioactive dust over the Western Soviet Union and Eastern and Western Europe, 1986
  • South Africa holds its first one-person, one-vote general election (April 26-29), 1994
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  • Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), American landscape architect, famous for designing many well-known urban parks, including New York City's Central Park
  • Erminnie Adele Platt Smith (1836-1886), American geologist and anthropologist, first woman to specialize in ethnographic field work and known for her studies of Iroquois Indian culture
  • Ma Rainey, born Gertrude Pridgett Rainey (1886-1939), American blues singer, one of the earliest, known as "The Mother of the Blues"
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