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Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
Keith Chaffee, January 20, 2019

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.


Men dressed as liquor bottles in the Parade of the Departed during the Prohibition.
Keith Chaffee, January 14, 2019

On January 16, 1919, five states ratified the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, taking the total number of ratifying states to 38, two more than needed to make the Amendment into law.


8 books covers by Haruki Murakami
Keith Chaffee, January 07, 2019

Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949. Murakami is a Japanese writer whose blend of Japanese themes, Western genre, and dream-like surrealism has made him one of the most popular writers of recent years.


Collage of Waiting for Godot performance by Bert Lahr and E. G. Marshall
Keith Chaffee, December 31, 2018

On January 5, 1953, the first full production of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot took place in Paris. The play has become a theatrical landmark, despite—or perhaps because of—its cryptic nature.


Film director FW Murnau with his creation Nosferatu
Keith Chaffee, December 23, 2018

F. W. Murnau was born on December 28, 1888. Murnau was a German film director, one of the most acclaimed craftsmen of the silent film era.


Collage of the Ghost of Christmas Present and Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' 1st Edition book, A Christmas Carol and the 1999 movie
Keith Chaffee, December 17, 2018

Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol was published on December 19, 1843.


Music critic Lester Bangs
Keith Chaffee, December 14, 2018

Lester Bangs was born on December 14, 1948. Bangs wrote about popular music, and he was one of the most influential music critics of the 1970s. He wrote for Rolling Stone, Creem, The Village Voice, and a variety of other magazines.


Portrait of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz
Keith Chaffee, December 10, 2018

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911. Mahfouz was an Egyptian novelist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first (and still only) Arab writer to receive that honor.


Close-up of Sammy Davis, Jr. performing
Keith Chaffee, December 07, 2018

Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925. Davis was a singer, dancer, and actor whose show business career spanned most of the 20th century.


Collage of cookies
Keith Chaffee, December 03, 2018

December 4 is National Cookie Day.


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