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TODAY - Aug 11, 2022

Thought of the Day

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.

Today's Birthday

Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak Inventor, American(1950)

An American pioneer of the personal computer revolution and the co-founder of The Apple Computer Company.

 
Anna Massey
Anna Massey Actress, English(1937)

An English actress who has made telling appearances in films such as bunny Lake Is Missing and won a BAFTA Award for the role of Edith Hope.

 
Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton Writer, English(1897)

An English author and the creator of Noddy, the Famous five and the Secret Seven.

 
Alex Haley
Alex Haley Writer, American(1921)

An American author of Roots 1976, which traced his ancestors from Africa to slavery and was made a major television film.

This day in History

1841

Fugitive slave Frederick Douglass, soon to be a well-known orator, speaks before a mostly white abolitionist meeting for the first time on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket.

1956

Abstract painter Jackson Pollock dies at the age of 44 in an automobile accident on Long Island, N.Y.

1965

Black anger over discrimination and unemployment erupts in the first of six days of rioting in the Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

1992

The largest mall in the United States, the Mall of America, opens in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis.

1997

Bill Clinton is the first U.S. president to use the line-item veto, a power granted by Congress to the president in April 1996 but ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1998.

2004

The first licence for the cloning of human embryos is issued in the United Kingdom.

2008

Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra wins the gold medal for the Men's 10 m Air Rifle final at the Beijing Olympics.

Alex Haley (1921-1992)

Alex Haley

An American author, who received Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award committees in 1977, was born on 11th August 1921 in Ithaca, New York. He worked as a journalist from 1939 to 1959. His best-known work was Roots; a mixture of fact and fiction and chronicles Haley's ancestral history. His most famous work was Roots; The Saga of an American Family (1976). It was widely read in colleges and universities and also received praise from critics. Haley invented certain unknown details of his family history. It helped popularize the study of black history and genealogy. Haley died on February 10, 1992, Seattle, Washington, United States.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal