Great Stories from History for Every Day of the Year by W.B. Marsh & Bruce Carrick (HC/DJ)
Great Stories from History for Every Day of the Year offers a daily calendar of world history's greatest moments from the last 2,000 years. For each day of the year, it provides a descriptive, fact-filled summary of an event that changed the world and how we see it. Its scope is global and its coverage panoramic as it singles out the high and low points of human existence and the famous and infamous personalities who shaped history. Among its highlights: February 15--The sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor in 1898 sparks a frenzy of inflammatory reports that ignites the Spanish-American War June 28--Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated in 1914, hastening the outbreak of World War I August 15--Napoleon Bonaparte is born on the island of Corsica in 1769 November 30--Oscar Wilde, on his deathbed, utters his immortal epitaph, "Either this wallpaper goes or I do"
W.B. Marsh graduated from Princeton University and worked in advertising for over thirty-five years. He has also worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. On his birthday, October 26, the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881.
Bruce Carrick has worked in book publishing for many years in New York and London and has held positions at Scribner, Doubleday, Macmillan, and elsewhere. On his birthday, Feburary 6, Marcel Proust fought a duel with fellow writer Jean Lorrain in 1897.