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2014-10-15
October 15: Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917) It was on this date, October 15, 1917, that American historian Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. was born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger in Columbus, Ohio. The son of a prominent American historian of the same name (and taking his father’s middle name during his writing career), Arthur Jr. attended Phillips Exeter Academy […]

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2011-08-14
August 14: Russell Baker

Russell Baker (1925) It was on this date, August 14, 1925, that US journalist, humorist and biographer Russell Baker was born in Loudon County, Virginia. His father died early on and his hard-working mother reared him and his sisters during the Great Depression. Baker managed to get himself into Johns Hopkins University, where he studied […]

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2010-11-05
November 5: Will Durant

"The greatest question of our time is not communism vs. individualism, not Europe vs. America, not even East vs. West," wrote Durant, "it is whether men can bear to live without God."

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December 23: Jean-François Champollion

Like most public figures during the post-Revolutionary Royalist reaction, Champollion was compelled to keep his religious opinions discreet.



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