Today in History: Nov. 14

Herman Melville’s novel, Moby-Dick, or, The Whale, was published by Harper & Brothers on this date in 1851 in the United States. A total of 3215 copies (in both America and England) were purchased between this date and Melville’s death 40 years later, which earned Melville a total of $1260 dollars in that time. Sales have picked up since.

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Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) died 100 years ago today. A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada died on this date in 1977.

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Claude Monet was born on this date in 1840. For no other reason, here is film footage of Monet painting in 1915:

 
Aaron Copland was born on this date in 1900. “Fanfare for the Common Man”:

 
Louise Brooks was born on this date in 1906. Sherwood Schwartz was born 100 years ago today. Veronica Lake was born on this date in 1922. The late Boutros Boutros-Ghali was born in this date in 1922. (He died in February.) McLean Stevenson was born in 1927 on this date. Buckwheat Zydeco was born on this date in 1947. (He died in September.)

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Ellis Marsalis Jr. is 82 today. P.J. O’Rourke is 69. Charles, Prince of Wales is 68. Yanni is 62. Bryan Stevenson is 57 today. Laura San Giacomo is 54. Harland Williams is 54. Patrick Warburton is 52.

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