Joseph Johnson (1738–1809) was an influential 18th-century London
bookseller. His publications covered a wide variety of genres and a
broad spectrum of opinions on important issues. Johnson is best known
for publishing the works of radical thinkers such as Mary
Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, and Joel Barlow as well as religious
Dissenters such as Joseph Priestley, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, and
Gilbert Wakefield. Johnson's friend John Aikin eulogized him as "the
father of the booktrade" and he has been called "the most important
publisher in England from 1770 until 1810" for his appreciation and
promotion of young writers, his emphasis on publishing cheap works
directed at a growing middle-class readership, and his cultivation and
advocacy of women writers at a time when they were viewed with
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, was granted resignation by
Pope Innocent IV after having confessed to torture and forgery.
Battle of Wayna Daga: Led by the Emperor Galawdewos, the combined army
of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeated a Muslim army led by Imam
Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi.
Bavarian socialist Kurt Eisner , who had organized the Socialist
Revolution that overthrew the Wittelsbach monarchy and established
Bavaria as a republic, was assassinated.
The Convention on Psychotropic Substances, a United Nations treaty
designed to control psychoactive drugs, was signed at a conference of
plenipotentiaries in Vienna.
American aviator Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada,
after taking off from South Korea, becoming the first person to make a
solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. In a summary manner.
2. Over a short period of time, briefly
Wikiquote quote of the day:
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen
or the police;
We must love one another or die.
--W. H. Auden