Tuesday, July 22, 2008

On July 22

On this day in ...
... 1908 (100 years ago today), Amy Vanderbilt was born in New York City. By age 16 she was working as a part-time reporter. Later she worked in advertising and public relations before launching a career as an author of etiquette and cooking books (among them The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette), as a host of radio and television programs (photo credit), and as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on matters of etiquette. Vanderbilt died in 1974 after falling from the 2d-floor window of her Manhattan townhouse.
... 1965, in Toronto, the Ontario Court of Appeal granted Canadian citizenship to an atheist couple, Netherlands-born Ernest and Cornelia Bergsma, whose application previously had been denied because they did not believe in God.

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