1054 – A supernova is observed by the Chinese, the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.

1845 – Near Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau embarks on a two-year experiment in simple living at (see Walden).

1865 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is published.

1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law.

birthday boy • 1927 – Neil Simon, American playwright

losing something • A Turkish publisher faces up to six years in jail for “insulting the Turkish identity” by translating Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman.

alone together • After July 11, 2006, users of Windows 98 and Windows ME will have to fend for themselves, and

event • Kansas Book Festival: Celebrating Books, Art & Kansas Heritage, is planned for Sept. 29-30 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Free and open to all Kansans, the festival will be a showcase of Kansas authors and illustrators, and feature musicians and performers. The two-day celebration will be a signature event of the Countdown to Kansas Statehood.

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