Thursday, January 17, 2013

No matter how many ways you say it, January 18 is Thesaurus Day

Thesaurus Day is observed on the anniversary of the birth (in 1779) of Peter Mark Roget, the originator of Roget's Thesaurus.

A.A. Milne was born on January 18, 1882. That's why January 18 is also Winnie the Pooh Day, in honor Milne's famous, and always famished, creation.

And Daniel Webster, a lion of the Senate when the U.S. Senate had lions, not louses, was born on January 18, 1782.

Webster was famously portrayed by Edward Arnold in the 1941 movie, The Devil and Daniel Webster. The movie was based on a short story, published in the 1930s, by Stephen Vincent Benét. Walter Huston, father of John, grandfather of Anjelica, played the other title character.

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