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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, July 2, 2020

It’s the birthday of civil rights activist, lawyer, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908), who sat on the Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, July 1, 2020

It’s the birthday of French novelist George Sand, born Lucile Aurore Dupin (1804), who originally wanted to be a nun, but her grandmother wouldn’t let her.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 30, 2020

On this day in 1860, a heated debate on the merits of the theory of evolution took place at Oxford University. “The Origin of Species” had been published 7 months earlier.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 29, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 29, 2020

“All grown-ups were once children — although few of them remember it.” –the children’s author and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, born this day in 1900

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, June 28, 2020

In the early hours of this day in 1969, the Stonewall uprising broke out in New York City, marking the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, June 27, 2020

It’s the birthday of poet Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), whose career choice was inspired by the fact that her father so disapproved of her mother writing poetry.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, June 26, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, June 26, 2020

On this day 20 years ago, scientific teams completed the first rough map of the human genome. One finding: the human species goes back 7,000 generations.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, June 25, 2020

70 years ago today, North Korea invaded South Korea. The Korean War became the first war that the United States concluded without success.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, June 24, 2020

It was on this day in 1374 in Aachen, Germany that an outbreak of dancing plague or dancing mania, also known as St. Vitus’ Dance, first began.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 23, 2020

It’s the birthday of Soviet poet Anna Akhmatova (1889), who spent 30 years writing her poem “Requiem” in pieces so that Stalin’s regime would not discover it.

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