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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Cigars, Tunnels, Russia, and Spies

It's the birthday of the spy novelist David Cornwell who writes under the name John le Carré, born in Poole, England (1931). His novels, which include Call for the Dead, (1961), A Murder of Quality (1962), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), The Honorable... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Chuck Berry, Alaska, Peking Summer Palace, and Puerto Rico

Birthdays: New Yorker journalist, A. J. [Abbott Joseph] Liebling, born in New York (1904). He fell in love with newspapers as a child and became a reporter, starting out on a crime beat. He lobbied to get on the staff of Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and made it. He joined the New Yorker in 1935... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Nietzsche, Wodehouse, and Gretzky

It's the birthday of: Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, born in the Prussian village of Röcken (1844). H e wrote Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883) (probably his most famous). Nietzsche suffered from severe headaches and deteriorating eyesight, eventually went crazy, and spent his last years in an asylum.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Speed, Autos, and War Heroes

1857 Birth Of An Inventor. Automotive pioneer Elwood Haynes was born on this day in Portland, IN. Educated at John Hopkins University as an engineer and a chemist, Haynes returned to Indiana and experimented on a carriage powered by an internal engine. In 1894, he completed construction on one of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

More Than Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Birthdays: It's the birthday of novelist and short story writer Conrad Richter, born in Pine Grove, PA (1890). His father, both his grandfathers and all his uncles were preachers. As a young boy, he loved to hear them tell stories about his ancestors who had been tradesmen, soldiers, country... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

October 12th

It's the birthday of author and occultist Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley in Leamington, England (1875). As a young man he traveled, wrote poetry, and dabbled in the occult. At the turn of the century, alternative religions were the rage, and Crowley studied yoga, Buddhism,... Sign in to see full entry.

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