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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, December 5, 2019

It’s the birthday of Rose Wilder Lane (1886), who was an established journalist and author before collaborating with her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, on the “Little House” books.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Today is the birthday of poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875), whose mother dressed him in dresses, braided his hair, and generally treated him like a girl.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Neon lighting was first demonstrated by engineer and chemist Georges Claude in Paris on this day in 1910.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, December 2, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, December 2, 2019

Today is the birthday of Ann Patchett (1963), author of “Bel Canto” (2001), “Truth & Beauty” (2005), and most recently, “The Dutch House” (2019).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, December 1, 2019

It was on this day in 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the front of a bus to a white passenger.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, November 30, 2019

Today is the birthday of the man who became Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens (1835). He said, “Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, November 29, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, November 29, 2019

Today is the birthday of Louisa May Alcott (1832), author of “Little Women,” in which she wrote, “Be worthy, love, and love will come.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, November 28, 2019

Today is the birthday of William Blake (1757), who said, “The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It’s the birthday of Bill Nye the Science Guy (1955), who created the beloved 1990s kids’ show and who more recently launched Bill Nye Saves the World for Netflix.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, November 26, 2019

On this day in 1922 the tomb of Egypt’s child pharaoh, Tutankhamun, was opened for the first time in 3,000 years.

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