Diamonds Are Forever is the fourth novel by the English author Ian
Fleming to feature his fictional British Secret Service agent James
Bond. Fleming wrote the story at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica,
inspired by a Sunday Times article on diamond smuggling. The book was
first published on 26 March 1956. The story centres on Bond's
investigation of a diamond-smuggling operation that originates in the
mines of Sierra Leone and runs to Las Vegas. Along the way Bond meets
and falls in love with one of the members of the smuggling gang, Tiffany
Case. Fleming's background research formed the basis for his non-fiction
1957 book The Diamond Smugglers. The Bond novel received broadly
positive reviews at the time of publication. It was serialised in the
Daily Express newspaper, first in an abridged, multi-part form and then
as a comic strip. In 1971 it was adapted into the seventh film in the
Bond series, and the sixth one to star Sean Connery as Bond.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamonds_Are_Forever_%28novel%29>
Today's selected anniversaries:
William Caxton printed the first English translation of Aesop's
Fables (page pictured).
Spanish Civil War: Nationalists began their final offensive of
the war, at the end of which they controlled almost the entire country.
By signing the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty, Egypt became the
first Arab country to officially recognize Israel.
Jack Kevorkian, an American advocate for and practitioner of
physician-assisted suicide, was found guilty of murder in the death of a
terminally ill patient.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Characterized by felicity.
2. Appropriate, apt, fitting.
3. Auspicious, fortunate, lucky.
4. Causing happiness or pleasure.
5. (linguistics) Of a sentence or utterance: semantically and
pragmatically coherent; fitting in the context.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I think that the appetite for mystery, the enthusiasm for that
which we do not understand, is healthy and to be fostered. It is the
same appetite which drives the best of true science, and it is an
appetite which true science is best qualified to satisfy.
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