Today’s Notable Birthdays
James Joyce – Influential 20th Century Irish author.
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish expatriate author of the 20th century. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its controversial successor Finnegans Wake (1939), as well as the short story collection Dubliners (1914) and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916).
U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi– Second “great unifier” of Japan
Toyotomi Hideyoshi ( February 2, 1536 – September 18, 1598) was a Sengoku period daimyo who unified Japan. He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga, and brought an end to the Sengoku period. The period of his rule is often called the Momoyama period, after Hideyoshi’s castle. He is noted for a number of cultural legacies, including the restriction that only members of the samurai class could bear arms. Hideyoshi is regarded as Japan’s second “great unifier.”
Elder of the U. S. Colonial Cycle – Puritan Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1584-1614)