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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 24, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 24, 2020

“I have sometimes thought that a woman’s nature is like a great house full of rooms.” –Edith Wharton, born this day in 1862.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 23, 2020

In 1849 on this day, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive a medical degree. She would later open a hospital for women in New York City.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 22, 2020

It’s the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling forbidding states from outlawing abortions in the first trimester.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, January 21, 2020

It’s the birthday of Eva Ibbotson (1925), who said, “My aim is to produce books that are light, humorous, even a little erudite but secure in their happy endings.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 20, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 20, 2020

It’s MLK Day and the birthday of the musician known as Lead Belly (1889), whose hit songs include “The Midnight Special,” “Rock Island Line,” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 19, 2020

Today is the birthday of Dolly Parton (1946), who started performing professionally when she was 10, and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry when she was 13.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, January 18, 2020

Today is the birthday of the man who answered Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call: Bell’s assistant Thomas Watson (1854).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 17, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, January 17, 2020

The Eighteenth Amendment took effect on this day 100 years ago, making illegal the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor in the U.S. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the 21st Amendment.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, January 16, 2020

Today is the birthday of poet and memoirist Mary Karr (1955), who said, “Memoir is not an act of history but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, January 15, 2020

“If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion…” –Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1929)

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