This week in history: Magellan and the Mayflower set sail, inspiring stories of courage, exotica, and flying cows.
This week in history: opportunities for millions of illiterate people worldwide, one library at a time.
Reading the history of Labor Day, and of workers standing hand in hand.
This week in literary history, an occupied city is freed: “Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!”
This week in literary history: a crime fiction icon passes, Benny goes down swinging, and Pete Rose gets ejected.
This week in reading history: the Model T rolls out, a Master of Suspense is born, and a canal’s debut spells sea change.
This week in literary history, from a raft ride through Polynesia to a trip to Thoreau’s cabin.
June 25: Eric Blair was born on this day in 1903, becoming “George Orwell” with the 1933 publication of his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London.
June 24: Napoleon crossed into Russia on this day in 1812, beginning the disastrous six-month invasion that became a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.
June 23: John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent was published on this day in 1961.
June 21: Jean-Paul Sartre was born on this day in 1905, and Françoise Sagan was born on this day in 1935.
June 19: On this day in 1816, the Shelleys, Lord Byron, and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein.