Saturday, July 28, 2007

On July 28, ...

... 1914, World War I began as Austria Emperor Franz Josef formally declared war on Serbia exacting 1 month after the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.
... 1946, Fahmida Riaz (left), a "Pakistani woman poet" who "also happen[s] to be a feminist, a progressive, an iconoclast and a passionate crusader for human rights," was born. In response to the question "Can a poet, or a creative writer, truly make a difference to society, to the way people think or the way governments work?", she told a 2005 interviewer: "Everything makes a difference. It may not be immediately perceptible. How else do you think society changes?" (1996 photo by M.U. Memon)

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