Monthly Archives: May 2015

Whitman Born on This Date

American poet Walt Whitman born this day in 1819. A native of Long Island, New York, Whitman served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War; he also worked as a journalist, teacher, and government clerk in addition to publishing … Continue reading

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Alexander Pope Died on This Date

Alexander Pope died on this date in 1744. Pope, a Roman Catholic in largely Protestant England, suffered an illness that left him a hunchback at age 12. He became the chief poet of his day, eventually becoming the first English … Continue reading

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10 Idioms with a National Twist

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Turing Submits On Computable Numbers on This Date

On this date in 1936, Alan Turing submits On Computable Numbers for publication. Turing, considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, developed the Turing machine, a model for the modern computer. He is also the subject … Continue reading

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Her Truth Goes Marching On

American poet Julia Ward Howe born on this date in 1819. Howe wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

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Dow First Goes Up on This Date

One this date in 1896, Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Born on This Date

American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born this day in 1803. Emerson was a lecturer, poet, and essayist who led the Transcendentalist movement in the mid-19th century.

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He Followed Her to School One Day

On this date in 1830, Sarah Josepha Hale publishes Mary Had a Little Lamb.

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Not That Kind of Java

On this date in 1995, the first version of the Java programming language was release.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Born on This Date

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, was born on this date in 1859. Doyle, who was an ophthalmologist, patterned his famous detective after his professor, Joseph Bell. Doyle wrote to him, saying, “It is most … Continue reading

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