"It seems pointless to be quoted if one isn't going to be quotable ... it's better to be quotable than honest." -- Tom Stoppard, born on this day in 1937.
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Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jean Stafford was born on this day in 1915. Author of "Boston Adventure," "The Mountain Lion," and "The Catherine…
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On this date in 1864, President Lincoln granted the Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort, and restoration." The Yosemite Land Grant of…
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On this day in 1613, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burned to the ground. The thatched roof caught on fire after a theatrical cannon misfired during a…
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It's the birthday of the man who wrote, "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains": philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva in 1712.
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Today marks the birthdays of poets Frank O'Hara (1926), Lucille Clifton (1936), and Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872).
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Pearl S. Buck was born on this day in 1892. A child of Christian missionaries, raised in China, her novel "The Good Earth" has become a classic.
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Anne Frank's diary was published on this day in 1947. "It's an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so…
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