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August 28, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Troy

Troy 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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On This Day:
  • Scientific American magazine publishes its first issue, 1845
  • Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin premieres in Weimar, Germany, 1850
  • Bush pilot W. R. Maxwell made the first air ambulance flight out of Northern Ontario with a patient suffering from mastoiditis, 1920
  • The National Center for Disease Control announces a high incidence of pneumocystitis and Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men; these will soon be recognized as symptoms of an immune disorder called AIDS, 1981
  • Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana finalize their divorce, 1996
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  • Bruno Bettelheim (1903-1990), Australian-born American child psychologist and writer
  • Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1996), American ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator, inventor of the modern field guide, and inspiration in founding the environmental movement
  • Robertson Davies (1913-1995), Canadian writer (The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, Fifth Business, The Manticore, What's Bred in the Bone, The Lyre of Orpheus)
  • Janet Frame (1924-2004), New Zealand author (An Angel at My Table, To the Is-and, The Envoy from Mirror City, Owls Do Cry, Faces in the Water, A State of Siege)
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