Category Archive: Literature

Jun 19

June 19, 1978: Garfield Debuts

On this day in 1978, “Garfield” debuted in 41 newspapers across the U.S. Today, this comic strip about an acerbic fat cat, his loser owner and the dumbest dog on the planet is syndicated in more then 2,500 newspapers and journals worldwide.

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Jun 07

June 7, 1965: Mick Foley Born

On this day in 1965, Mick Foley was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He would go on to be the first self-made professional wrestler in history and author of one of the greatest sports autobiographies.

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Apr 25

April 25, 1939: Batman Debuts

On this day in 1939, Batman debuted in issue #27 of Detective Comics. The creation of artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, Batman had his own comic book by the spring of 1940 and has arguably remained the most popular comic book hero since then.

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Apr 24

April 24, 1800: Library of Congress Founded

On this day in 1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.” Today, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution and the world’s largest library.

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Apr 14

April 14, 1828: Noah Webster Copyrights First Comprehensive Dictionary

On this day in 1828, Noah Webster published “An American Dictionary of the English Language” at the age of 70. The revolutionary work was the precursor to the modern-day Merriam-Webster dictionaries.

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Feb 21

February 21, 1925: The New Yorker Publishes First Issue

On this day in 1925, The New Yorker published its first issue. Founded by editor Harold Ross and his wife, Janet Grant, a New York Times reporter, as a sophisticated humor magazine, it has evolved into one of the most preeminent cultural and literary publications in the U.S. today.

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Feb 20

February 20, 2005: Hunter S. Thompson Dies

On this day in 2005, Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide at the age of 67, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The iconic author had been dealing with several health problems.

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Feb 15

February 15, 2009: Washington Post Prints Last Book World

On this day in 2009, The Washington Post printed its last stand-alone edition of “Book World,” it’s weekly collection of book reviews and essays on literature. It seemed a bit strange when I opened the next Sunday’s Washington Post and was unable to find the Book World section. I hoped that the editors had simply …

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Feb 01

February 1, 1974: The Punisher Debuts

Marvel Comics published issue #129 of The Amazing Spiderman, featuring the debut of The Punisher, aka Frank Castle. The ex-Vietnam veteran who became a one-man killing machine after witnessing his family’s murder by mobsters has been the centerpiece of numerous comic book series and three God-awful movies.

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Jan 31

January 31, 1923: Norman Mailer Born

On this day in 1923, Norman Kingsley Mailer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He was relevant in the American literary scene longer than almost any other writer in history and is proof of how much one can be forgiven for if he writes true sentences.

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