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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this day 100 years ago, making illegal the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor in the U.S. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the 21st Amendment.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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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, January 14, 2020

It’s the birthday of Emily Hahn (1905), who wrote 54 books and more than 200 articles for “The New Yorker,” crossed Africa on foot, and kicked an opium habit through hypnosis.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 13, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, January 13, 2020

Today is the birthday of Michael Bond (1926), author of Paddington Bear, who wrote, “One of the nice things about writing for children is their total acceptance of the fantastic.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, January 12, 2020

Today is the birthday of Walter Mosley (1952), author of the Easy Rawlins detective stories, the first of which is “Devil in a Blue Dress.”

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