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English writer, Hannah More, (1745-1833):
“Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.”
English author, Margot Asquith, (1864-1945):
“What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.”
Irish novelist, James Joyce*, (1882-1941):
“Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America.”
*The novel ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce was published on his birthday, 2nd February, 1922.
Other birthdays today include pop star Shakira (b. 1977); computer scientist, Ralph Merkle (b.1952); writer Douglas McGrath (b.1958); actress Farrah Fawcett (b.1947, d.2009); musician Graham Nash (b.1942), and poets William Rose Benet (1886-1950) and James Stephens (1882-1950).
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