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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 22, 2019

It was on this day in 1961 that Congress approved a bill to establish the Peace Corps, and President Kennedy signed it into law.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 21, 2019

Today is the birthday of Stephen King (1947). When asked why he writes, he said, “The answer to that is fairly simple — there was nothing else I was made to do.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 20, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 20, 2019

It’s the birthday of Upton Sinclair (1878) whose political writings include “The Jungle,” which exposed the unsanitary conditions of the meat industry.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 19, 2019

Today is the 99th birthday of “New Yorker” essayist and editor Roger Angell, who’s been with the publication for 75 years.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It was on this day in 1851, the first edition of “The New York Times” was published. The paper reached 10,000 in circulation within 10 days.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It’s the birthday of Ken Kesey (1935), author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a novel based on his experiences working in a veterans hospital.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 16, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 16, 2019

It’s the birthday of H.A. Rey (1898) whose story “The Adventures of Fifi” became the beloved book “Curious George.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 15, 2019

On this day in 1890, an English child named Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller was born; she would become famed mystery writer Agatha Christie.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 14, 2019

Today is the birthday of the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849), who taught the world about conditional reflexes.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 13, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 13, 2019

It was on this day in 1814 that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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