196: Birthday of Author P.G. Wodehouse

Today is the birthday of English author P.G. Wodehouse, the creator of the character “Jeeves” the quintessential English butler, who actually wasn’t a butler at all. Here are some things you may not have known about Wodehouse, Jeeves and the difference between a butler and a valet or — more properly pronounced — valet (with a pronounced “T”). Pelham Grenville […]

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191: Death of Edgar Allan Poe

On this date in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland. Here are some facts you may not have known about Poe and his death. Edgar Poe was born in 1809 in Boston. At the age of two, he was orphaned when his mother died of tuberculosis. He was taken in by John Allan and his family, who added […]

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187: Thrilla in Manila

Today is the 40th anniversary of the third bout between boxers Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. Here are a few things you may not have known about the “Thrilla in Manila.” Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali split their first two matchups. Frazier won the first, known as the “Fight of the Century” in 1971, handing Ali his first defeat by […]

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