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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 26, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 26, 2020

It’s the birthday of the early American self-help writer Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), who wrote, “Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right.'”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 25, 2020

It’s the 79th birthday of novelist Anne Tyler, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1941), who spent her childhood living on various communes.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 24, 2020

On this date in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect, establishing the 40-hour work week and a minimum wage of 25 cents per hour.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, October 23, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, October 23, 2020

100 years ago today, Sinclair Lewis’s novel “Main Street” was published. It nearly won the Pulitzer prize, but the award went to Edith Wharton’s “Age of Innocence.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, October 22, 2020

On this day in 1962, President Kennedy announced that Cuba would be placed under a naval “quarantine” until the Soviets removed missiles from the island.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 21, 2020

It’s the birthday of science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018), who said, “if…lack of motivation is a constant problem, perhaps writing is not your forte.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 20, 2020

It’s the birthday of Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), considered the first true jazz composer because he was the first to write down his jazz tunes.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 19, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 19, 2020

Today is the anniversary of the surrender that ended the American Revolutionary War, in Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 18, 2020

It’s the birthday of bestselling author Terry McMillan (1951), whose novels include “Waiting to Exhale” (1992) and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (1996).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 17, 2020

On this day in 1933, Albert Einstein officially moved to the United States to teach at Princeton University after renouncing his German citizenship.

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