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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, August 7, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, August 7, 2020

Today’s episode features a poem by Galway Kinnell, called “Wait,” promising that “Personal events will become interesting again.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, August 6, 2020

75 years ago today, in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing 80,000 people on impact.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” on this day in 1924. Creator Harold Gray was staunchly anti-FDR, but the musical version intentionally subverted his politics.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, August 4, 2020

It’s the birthday of pioneering jazz musician Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), who said, “Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, August 3, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, August 3, 2020

It’s the birthday of British crime novelist P.D. James (1920-2014), who had a seat in the House of Lords and also worked as a local magistrate.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, August 2, 2020

It’s the 78th birthday of Isabel Allende (1942), who once got fired for translating romance novels too liberally, adding depth and independence to the women characters.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, August 1, 2020

It’s the birthday of the astronomer Maria Mitchell (1818), who made the first American comet sighting and who was the first female faculty member of Vassar College.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, July 31, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, July 31, 2020

It’s the birthday of poet and novelist Kim Addonizio (1954), who said, “Poetry is not a means to an end, but a continuing engagement with being alive.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, July 30, 2020

On this day 55 years ago, Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965, creating Medicare and Medicaid.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The painter Vincent van Gogh died on this date 130 years ago. World-famous now, he was virtually unknown at the time of his death.

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