Real Academia Galega Starts on This Date

Real Academia Galega

The Real Academia Galega, the Galician language’s biggest linguistic authority, starts working in Havana on this date in 1906.

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World’s Worst Poet Died on This Date

William McGonagall

On this date in 1902, Scottish poet William McGonagall, whose work has been called “the worst poetry ever written in any language, at any time” died in Edinburgh, aged 72. You can decide for yourself by reading his poems here: -topaz-mcgonagall/

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Herman Melville Died on This Date

Herman Melville

Herman Melville died in obscurity on this date in 1891.

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Einstein’s Equation Published on This Date


On this date in 1905, Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” which introduces the equation E=mc²  is received by the physics journal Annalen der Physik.

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Jane Smiley Born on This Date

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley born on this date in 1949. Smiley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres is based on Shakespeare’s King Lear.

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Today Is National Comic Book Day

National Comic Book Day

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Born on This Date

F. Scott Fitzgerald

American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald born this day in 1896. Fitzgerald is the author of Tender Is the Night and The Great Gatsby.

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“The Music of the Night” Gets Its Start on This Date

Phantom of the Opera Cover

The Phantom of the Opera, a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, begins serialization in Le Gaulois on this date in 1909.

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Celebrate Banned Book Week

Banned Books by W.R. Warnecke

This week is Banned Book Week. For more information, go to:

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National Geographic First Published on This Date

National Geographic Magazine, 1915

The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published on this date in 1888.

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