The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy radio
series written by Douglas Adams and first broadcast in the United
Kingdom on BBC Radio 4 in 1978. The serial follows the adventures of
Englishman Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect, an alien who writes
for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an intergalactic encyclopedia
and travelogue. After Earth is destroyed in the first episode, Dent and
Ford find themselves aboard a stolen spaceship piloted by a motley crew
including Zaphod Beeblebrox (Ford's semi-cousin and Galactic
President), a depressed robot called Marvin and an Earth woman calling
herself Trillian, who is the only other surviving human being. A second
series was transmitted in 1980 and the first series was adapted for
television. This in turn was followed by five novels, a computer game
and several other adaptations. Before his death in May 2001, Adams
considered writing a third radio series based on his novel Life, the
Universe and Everything. Dirk Maggs eventually directed and co-produced
radio series adaptations of that novel, as well as So Long, and Thanks
for All the Fish and Mostly Harmless in 2004–05.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Primera Junta, the first independent government in Argentina, was
established in an open cabildo in Buenos Aires , marking the end of the
The Republic of Formosa was inaugurated in Taiwan, proclaiming
independence from Qing China.
Star Wars, a science fantasy film written and directed by George Lucas,
was released, becoming one of the most successful films of all time.
Israel withdrew its army from most of Lebanese territory, 22 years
after its first invasion in 1978.}
China Airlines Flight 611 crashed in the Taiwan Strait after breaking
up in mid-air, killing all 225 people on board.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To force back; to drive away.
2. To cause repulsion or dislike
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Be an artist superior to tricks of art. Show frankly, as a saint would
do, all your experience, your methods, tools, and means. Welcome all
comers to the freest use of the same. And out of this superior
frankness and charity, you shall learn higher secrets of your nature,
which gods will bend and aid you to communicate.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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