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'Oft times one day is better than sometimes a whole year.' William Caxton (1422-1491) Each day of the year commemorates notable events in history and popular culture, holidays, festivals and significant days, and anniversaries of the births and deaths of the famous. Open Dateline at any page for a snapshot of that day over the past 100 years or so, particularly from a social history perspective. On January 19, Thomas Edison's first electric lighting system employing overhead wires went into service (1883), Indira Gandhi was elected Prime Minister of India (1966), and baby twin girls at the center of an Internet adoption scandal are seized from a hotel in Wales and taken into care (2001). On May 19, Anne Boleyn was beheaded for adultery (1536), the infamous Pol Pot was born (1915), Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time (1926), and Marilyn Monroe, sewn into a flesh-coloured, beaded dress, sang a sultry version of 'Happy Birthday' to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden (1962). Dateline is a book of days for the twenty-first century, an illustrated guide to every day of the year that is an entertaining read as well as a great reference. A comprehensive introduction details the evolution of the calendar and how the 365-day year came about, and the twelve chapters introduce each month of the year, explaining the significance of each and the associations it holds in myth, religion and celebration.
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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 208 x 270mm
  • Millers Point, Australia
  • 1921208198
  • 9781921208195