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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 1, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 1, 2020

It’s the birthday of Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), who said, “I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, May 31, 2020

It’s the birthday of poet Walt Whitman (1819), who was once fired from a job at the Department of the Interior for being a “very bad man” and a “free lover.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, May 30, 2020

It was on this day in 1431 that Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France at the age of 19. About 500 years later, she was canonized as a Catholic saint.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, May 29, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, May 29, 2020

It was on this day in 1913 that the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du printemps” caused a riot at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, May 28, 2020

“When you meet somebody who is more important to you than yourself, that has to be the most important thing in life, really.” –Maeve Binchy, born this day in 1940

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened. The idea of the bridge was first broached in 1869 by a man who called himself the “Emperor of the United States.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

It’s the birthday of photographer and author Dorothea Lange (1895), whose iconic work for the Farm Security Administration gave human faces to the Great Depression.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, May 25, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, May 25, 2020

“We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole…” –Ralph Waldo Emerson, born this day in 1803

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, May 24, 2020

“Writing is about getting your work done and getting your work done every day.” –author Michael Chabon, born this day in 1963

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, May 23, 2020

It’s the birthday of “Goodnight Moon” author Margaret Wise Brown (1910). She was a prolific writer and sometimes kept six different publishers busy at once with her projects.

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