Today – March 20

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Today’s Notable Birthdays

Notable U. S. Birthday

B. F. Skinner  – Inovative American psychologist and behaviorist

English: B.F. Skinner at the Harvard Psycholog...
English: B.F. Skinner at the Harvard Psychology Department, circa 1950  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990) was an American psychologist, author, inventor, advocate for social reform and poet.  He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, innovated his own philosophy of science called Radical Behaviorism, and founded his own school of experimental research psychology—the experimental analysis of behavior. His analysis of human behavior culminated in his work Verbal Behavior, which has recently seen enormous increase in interest experimentally and in applied setting.  In a recent survey, Skinner was listed as the most influential psychologist of the 20th century.  He was a prolific author who published 21 books and 180 articles.

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World War Cycle – Missionary Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1886-1909)
GI. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)


Notable Foreign Birthday

Henrik Ibsen – Norwegian playwright and often called the father of modern drama.

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English: Detail of photograph taken in 1900 of Henrik Ibsen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henrik Johan Ibsen ( 20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright of realistic drama and poet. He is often referred to as the “father of modern drama” and is one of the founders of modernism in the theatre. Alongside Knut Hamsun, Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians, and one of the most important playwrights of all time.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Gilded Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1822-1842)


Heritage Birthday

William Nelson was born on this day in 1870

William Nelson (20 Mar 1870, Stockholm, Sweden – 3 July 1933, Yakima, WA) was my great-grandfather. In Iowa on 18 May 1891 he was married to Lucy Hills.

World War Cycle – The Gilded Age – First Turning, High (1866-1885)
World War Cycle – Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

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