1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his scientific view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.
1978 – Charon, a satellite of the planet Pluto, is discovered.
birthday boys •
1856 – H. Rider Haggard, English author (d. 1925)
1898 – Erich Maria Remarque, German writer (d. 1970)
1964 – Dan Brown, American author
suiting up • the ACLU is taking up arms against the Miami-Dade School district’s library purge. Vamos a abogados!!
mitzvah • Hawai student book drive nets 1,000 books for Molokai, public library and six elementary schools.
cookies • Six authors have made the shortlist for the annual Canadian First Novel Award.
better late • the Porter County, IL Public Library rescinded its policy limiting borrowing privileges to homeless people.
event • Literaries Chuck Palahniuk, Erik Larson, Mary Gaitskill, Sean Wilsey, Greil Marcus, Michelle Tea, Ben Fong-Torres, Alison Bechdel, Charles D’Ambrosio, Gary Shteyngar have all been added to Seattle’s Bumbershoot Urban Arts festival. Sept 2-4.
banktoaster • Polyglot 3000 is an automatic language identifier that quickly recognizes the language of any text, phrase or even single words.
* now THAT I can get behind! recipe