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Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24th of 1897 in Atchison Kansas. She graduated from high school in 1915 and started working as a nurse (infermiera) during first World War; after college she became a social worker. But the passion for airplanes had started much before, during a stunt flyer exhibition (esibizione acrobatica). Amelia took her very first flying…

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Frank Morrison Spillane was born on March 9, 1918  and died on  July 17, 2006. He is famous as  Mickey Spillane. He was an American author of crime novels his main characters is  the detective Mike Hammer. Hammer is a “hard man”: brutally violent, who feels a genuine anger (rabbia) against violent crime, this character is loosely (lontanamente) based on…

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Alice Ann Munro  (born  Laidlaw) was born on 10th July, 1931 in Ontario into a family of fox and poultry farmers (fattori che allevavano volpi e pollame), began writing as a teenager and published her first story while a student at the University of Western Ontario in 1950. During this period she worked as a waitress (cameriera), tobacco picker and…

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15th june 1215 – King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, England . King John signs the Magna Charta at Runnymede While Richard the Lionheart  (1189-99) was fighting (stava combattendo) in Jerusalem for the third Crusade (terza crociata), his brother, John Lackland, (1199-1216), who ruled (governava) over Britain during his absence, was obliged (fu obbligato) by the barons to sign (firmare) Magna Charta (1215). It…

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Bret Harte was born in Albany , New York in 1839. After school, at the age of seventeen  he moved with his mother to California where he worked as a teacher, miner (minatore), printer (tipografo), express messenger, secretary of the San Francisco Mint, and editor. He published his first stories – Condensed Novels  (1867)- in The Californian and then in…

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, in a Roman Catholic family and was educated in Jesuit schools. After his graduation (laurea) as doctor in 1885, Doyle practiced medicine as an eye specialist near Porsmouth in Hampshire until 1891 when he became a full time writer. In 1887 appeared Sherlock Holmes’s first adventure.  During the…

today was born – Peter Shaffer

Peter Levin Shaffer and his twin brother Anthony were born on May 15, 1926, inLiverpool, England. After working in the Chislet coal mine (miniera di carbone),  Shaffer attended TrinityCollegein Cambridge, where he and Anthony co-edited the student magazine Grantha.  From 1951 to 1954, Shaffer lived in New York and worked at a variety of jobs: at Doubleday’s Book Shop, an…

oggi avvenne – Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rosselliniwas born on the 8 May 1906, in Rome, Italy . He was immersed in the cinema from the very beginning: his father opened Italy’s first cinema and he grew up watching movies in his father’s movie-house. After an  apprenticeship as an assistant to Italian filmmakers, he his first film, a documentary, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, in 1937….

oggi nacque – Calamity Jane

Martha Jane Cannary better known as Calamity Jane was born around on May 1st, 1852 in Princeton, Missouri. She is a legendary figure of the Wild West and her biography has often been changed and enriched with (arricchita) adventures and events taken from the western mythology. Nevertheless (ciononostante) Jane really lived and her talent and generosity helped her to become…

oggi nacque – Anthony Trollope

English novelist, Anthony Trollope was born in London, on the 24th of April 1815. His father was reduced to poverty by imprudent speculation; his mother was an appreciated writer as well as (come anche) his eldest brother (fratello maggiore). Anthony , on the contrary, was quite uneducated and  spent most of his youth (gioventù)  in constant hot water (acque tempestose) with…