Today – March 20

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B. F. Skinner  – Inovative American psychologist and behaviorist

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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)

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Today – February 26

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Victor Hugo – French writer and leader of the Romantic movement.

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Victor-Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

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U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Transcendental Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)

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Today – February 7

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Charles Dickens – Popular English Victorian novelist.

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870), pen-name “Boz”, was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner.

Critics George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton championed Dickens’s mastery of prose, his endless invention of unique, clever personalities, and his powerful social sensibilities, but fellow writers such as George Henry Lewes, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf faulted his work for sentimentality, implausible occurrences, and grotesque characterizations.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Transcendental Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)

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Today – February 2

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James Joyce – Influential 20th Century Irish author.

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James Joyce, one of the controversial omissions of the Literature Prize (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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).

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U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

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Today – January 29

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U.  S. Birthdays

William McKinley – 25fh President of the United States

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English: William McKinley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William McKinley, Jr. (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, and the last veteran of the American Civil War to be elected.  By the 1880s, McKinley was a national Republican leader; his signature issue was high tariffs on imports as a formula for prosperity, as typified by his McKinley Tariff of 1890.

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Civil War Cycle – Era of Slavery Expansion – Third Turning, Unraveling (1838-1859)
Progressive Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1843-1859)

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Today – January 27

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U. S. Birthday

John Glover Roberts, Jr. – Current Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

John Glover Roberts, Jr. (born January 27, 1955) is the 17th and current Chief Justice of the United States. He has served since 2005, having been nominated by President George W. Bush after the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He has been described as having a conservative judicial philosophy in his jurisprudence.

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Present Cycle – Era of Superpower America – First Turning, High (1945-1965)
Boom Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1943-1960)


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Influential composer of the Classical Era

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, full name Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over six hundred works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music; and he is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Republican Generation – Hero (Civic) (1742-1766)

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Today – January 22

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D. W. Griffith – Pioneering film director.

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David Llewelyn Wark “D. W.” Griffith (January 22 1875 – July 23, 1948) was a premier pioneering Academy Award-winning American film director. He is best known as the director of the groundbreaking 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance (1916).

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World War Cycle – The Gilded Age – First Turning, High (1866-1885)

Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

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Today – January 19

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  • Jan 19 1861 – Georgia becomes the fifth State to secede from the Union in the build up to the Civil War

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James Watt

James Watt – Inventor and engineer who made key improvements to  the Steam Engine

James Watt (19 January 1736 – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both the Kingdom of Great Britain and the world.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Liberty Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1724-1741)

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Today – January 15

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U. S. Birthday

Martin Luther King Jr. – Leader of the African-American civil rights movement.

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Cover of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.

A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president.  He was assassinated by a gunman in 1968.

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World War Cycle – World War I / Prohibition Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1910-1929)
Silent Generation, – Artist (Adaptive) (1925-1942)

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Today – December 9

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John MiltonEminent English Poet

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Portrait of John Milton in National Portrait Gallery, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, author, polemicist and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England.

He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost
and for his treatise condemning censorship, Areopagitica.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Colonial Cycle – Puritan Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1584-1614)

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