Monday, April 23, 2007

On April 23, ...

... 2007 (today), is World Book and Copyright Day, by proclamation of the United Nations' Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization. UNESCO made the choice because on this day noted authors -- Spain's Miguel Cervantes, England's William Shakespeare, and Peru's "El Inca" Garcilaso de la Vega -- died. Others, among them -- France's Maurice Druon, Iceland's Halldór Kiljan Laxness, Russia's Vladimir Nabokov, and Colombia's Manuel Mejía Vallejo -- were born.
UNESCO's list includes not 1 woman, so we'll add our own: Teresa de la Parra (left), pseudonym of Ana Teresa Parra Sanojo, born to Venezuelan parents in 1890 in Paris. She lived both in Europe and South America. De la Parra, who died in Madrid on April 23, 1936, won fame after receipt of 1st prize in a 1924 Paris writing contest led to publication of her novel Iphigenia: The Diary of a Young Lady Who Wrote Because She Was Bored.
... 1928, the Hollywood child star of the Depression era who later served as U.S. Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, Shirley Temple Black, was born in Santa Monica, California.

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