Monday, February 18, 2008

On this day

On February 18, ...
... 1931, Chloe Anthony Wofford was born in Lorain, Ohio, the 2d of 4 children of a shipyard worker and a homemaker. In 1st grade she was the only African-American child. Displaying an early aptitude for literature, she received degrees from Howard and Cornell universities. During her marriage, which would end in divorce, she became known as Toni Morrison -- the name by which she's written some of the most powerful novels and short stories of her generation, among them a personal favorite, the slavery-era work, Beloved. Her achievements earned her the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
... 2005, a controversial law banning foxhunting, harecoursing, and other sports the aim of which is killing wild mammals, came into effect in Britain.

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