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TODAY - Nov 18, 2019

Thought of the Day

Children aren't a class. They are merely human beings at different stages of maturity. All of them have a human intelligence which even at its lowest is a pretty wonderful thing, and the entire world in front of them.

Today's Birthday

Carl Maria Friedrich
Carl Maria Friedrich Composer, German(1786)

A German composer, guitarist and critic who is considered as one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school.

 
Sir Arnold Issigonis
Sir Arnold Issigonis Designer, Greek(1906)

A Greek designer of cars who created the Morris Minor and the Mini Minor.

 
Alan Bartlett
Alan Bartlett Naval Officer, American(1923)

An American naval officer and aviator who was one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts.

 
Linda Evans
Linda Evans Actress, American(1942)

An American actress known for her role as Krystle in the soap opera Dynasty.

 
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood Novelist, Canadian(1939)

A Canadian novelist, poet and critic, who won prestigious Booker Prize.

This day in History

1477

William Caxton publishes "Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophers," the first book to be printed in England.

1820

Capt. Nathaniel Palmer becomes the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica.

1883

To facilitate railroad timetables, the United States and Canada adopt standard time.

1901

Britain and the US agree terms for a canal to be built through Central America.

1963

The first push-button telephone goes into service.

One of the history's remarkable

Margaret Atwood (1939)

Margaret Atwood

A Canadian novelist, poet and critic, who won prestigious Booker Prize, was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa. She was educated from Radcliffe College in 1962. In 1961, Double Persephone, Atwood's first book of poetry was published. From 1964 to 1972, at various universities in Canada, she taught English literature. In 1969, The Edible Woman was her first novel which won critical appreciation internationally. Her other novels include: Life before Man, Surfacing, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace and Lady Oracle. She won Canada's highest literary honour and Governor General's Literary Award for her work The Handmaid's Tale. In 2000, Poul Ruders a Danish composer was turned her novel, The Handmaid's Tale into an opera. In 1966, she won a Governor General's Literary Award for her novel The Circle Game and Power Politics (1971) and You Are Happy (1974) were also praised. The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English and The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English were edited by her. Her other works include Wilderness Tips (1991), a collection of short stories; Good Bones and Simple Murders (1994), a collection of prose sketches, updated fairy tales, and parodies; and Morning in the Burned House (1995), a collection of poetry. The body of Atwood's work was awarded the Welsh Arts Council's International Writer's Prize. Her novel The Blind Assassin, won the Booker Prize.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal