On this day in 1835 the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States occurred when Richard Lawrence tried to shoot President Andrew Jackson. He failed and was subdued by a crowd that included several congressmen.
On this day in 1933 Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
Today is the birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The 32nd President of the United States was born on this day in 1882. Former Vice President, Dick Cheney, shares his birthday with Roosevelt. Cheney turns 72 today.
Some of the writers born on this day include:
Walter Savage Lander (1775), Adelbert von Chamisso (1781), Ion Luca Caragiale (1852), Gelett Burgess (1866), Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878), Nikolay Glazkov (1919), Lloyd Alexander (1924), Allan W. Eckert (1931), Shirley Hazzard (1931), Richard Brautigan (1935), Gregory Benford (1941), Michael Dorris (1945), Les Barker (1947), and Judith Tarr (1955).
The American author and screenwriter, Sidney Sheldon died 6 years ago today. He was an Academy Award-winning writer. His TV works spanned two decades during which he created The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Hart to Hart. He became most famous after he turned fifty and began writing best-selling novels. He is the seventh best selling writer of all time.
Today’s highlighted title is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. This classic is often a required reading assignment for students. This novel is about 160 pages long. Amazon gives the following short description:
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life — the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.