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today’s birthday: Lizzie Borden (1860)


Lizzie Borden (1860)

Borden is best known for her suspected involvement in the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. The killings took place in the family home and were discovered by Borden—or so she claimed. The prime suspect, she was arrested and tried for the murders. Though she was ultimately acquitted, the public was unconvinced, and she was ostracized until her death. The case’s notoriety has endured in American pop culture and is still referenced today. What was the evidence against Borden? More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: Julius Axelrod (1912)


Julius Axelrod (1912)

Axelrod was an American biochemist whose investigations into the role of norepinephrine in brain chemistry led to an understanding of how neurotransmitters work and how their levels are regulated. His research made possible the development of antianxiety and antidepressant drugs like Prozac and Zoloft, which are collectively known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. For his efforts, Axelrod shared the 1970 Nobel Prize for Physiology. What was his other major scientific contribution? More… Discuss

Prozac Nation (2005)

Prozac Nation
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Today’s Birthday: Guy De Maupassant (1850)


Guy de Maupassant (1850)

Maupassant was a 19th-century French writer considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protégé of Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant wrote with a simplicity, clarity, and objective calm that emulated the style of his mentor. He first gained attention with “Boule de Suif,” or “Ball of Fat,” and eventually published about 300 short stories, many of which are said to be unsurpassed in their genre. Why did Maupassant often dine at the restaurant at the base of the Eiffel Tower? More… Discuss

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