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14 Apr
LIT BITS V2 #104

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Today is Thursday, 15 April 1999; on this day,

244 years ago (1755),

	Samuel Johnson's magnum opus, _A Dictionary of the English
   Language_, is published. He says: "Dictionaries are like watches. The
   worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite

156 years ago (1843),

	Henry James is born in New York. In 1913 friends and admirers will
   present him with a golden bowl on his 70th birthday.

61 years ago (1938),

	Having left his homeland of Peru in 1923, then once being expelled
   from Paris in 1930 as a political militant, Cesar Vallejo, will die in
   the French capital. He kept in touch with Peru by publishing articles in
   _Amauta_, the journal espablished by his friend Jose Carlos Mariaategui,
   founder of the Peruvian Communist party.

13 years ago (1986),

	French criminal and social outcast later turned novelist and a
   leading figure in the avant-garde theater, Jean Genet dies in Paris.


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