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TODAY - Nov 27, 2020

Thought of the Day

There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.

Today's Birthday

Anders Celsius
Anders Celsius Astronomer, Swedish(1701)

A Swedish astronomer, physicist and mathematician who invented the Celsius temperature scale.

 
Robert Livingston
Robert Livingston Lawyer, American(1746)

An American lawyer and diplomat and a Founding Father of the United States.

 
Chaim Weizmann
Chaim Weizmann Chemist, British(1874)

A passionate Zionist and eventually was made head of the world Zionist. He became the first President of Israel in 1948.

 
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix Guitarist, American(1942)

An American guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

 
James Agee
James Agee Writer, American(1909)

An American writer, known for his delicate and moving prose.

This day in History

1779

The Pennsylvania state government converts the College of Philadelphia into the University of the State of Pennsylvania, thus creating both America's first state school and first official university.

1901

The Army War College is authorized by the U.S. Department of War.

1914

The first policewomen in Britain to complete their official training and assume active duty, Misses Mary Allen and E. F. Harburn were patrolling the streets of Grantham, Lincolnshire.

2005

The first face transplant is performed in Amiens, France.

Man who made the difference

James Agee (1909-1955)

James Agee

An American writer, known for his delicate and moving prose was born on November 27, 1909, in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Agee was educated at Harvard University. His first book, the poetry collection Permit Me Voyage, was published in 1934. In 1936 Agee travelled to the Southern United States with American photographer Walker Evans to document the lives of sharecroppers for an article in Fortune magazine. The article never appeared, but Agee and Evans later collaborated on a book on the subject, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941). In the 1940s Agee worked as a film critic for the magazines Time and The Nation. Beginning in 1948 he worked as a motion-picture scriptwriter. His best-known works are The African Queen (1951) and The Night of the Hunter (1955). In 1951 his novelette The Morning Watch, about the religious struggles of a young boy, was published. A Death in the Family (1957; Pulitzer Prize, 1958) is generally regarded as Agee's masterpiece. The novel recounts the effects of a man's death on his family. The book was dramatized under the title All the Way Home as a play (1960; Pulitzer Prize, 1961) and a motion picture (1963).

He died on May 16, 1955, in New York City, New York, United States.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal