P. G. Wodehouse (15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English
author and one of the most widely read humourists of the 20th century.
His novels and short stories feature elaborate plots and a unique
writing style based on a combination of very formal language, references
to classical literature, and contemporary club-room slang. His early
novels were mostly school stories, but he later switched to comic
fiction, creating several regular characters who became familiar to the
public. They include the jolly gentleman of leisure Bertie Wooster and
his sagacious valet, Jeeves. He began the 1930s writing for MGM in
Hollywood and moved to France in 1934 for tax reasons. In 1940 he was
taken prisoner at Le Touquet by the invading Germans and interned for
nearly a year. After his release he made six broadcasts from German
radio in Berlin. The talks were comic and apolitical, but they prompted
anger and a threat of prosecution in Britain. He never returned to
England, living from 1947 until his death in the US.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
George Lusk, the chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance
Committee in London, received a letter allegedly from Jack the Ripper.
Air India (aircraft pictured), the flag carrier airline of
India, began operations under the name Tata Airlines.
Vietnam War protests: At an anti-war rally in New York City,
David J. Miller burned his draft card, the first such act to result in
arrest under a new amendment to the Selective Service Act.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol in the Philippines,
resulting in 222 deaths.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (archaic, now chiefly Scotland) To a great extent.
2. (obsolete) Frequently, often.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest
source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over
all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways:
either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very
--John Kenneth Galbraith
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