Almanac – January 18

1873 – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton died. English politician, poet, playwright, and novelist. He was immensely popular with the reading public and wrote a stream of bestselling novels which earned him a considerable fortune.

He coined the phrases “the great unwashed”,pursuit of the almighty dollar“, “the pen is mightier than the sword“, as well as the famous opening line “It was a dark and stormy night“.

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1932 – Robert Anton Wilson born. American author and polymath who became at various times a novelist, philosopher, psychologist, essayist, editor, playwright, poet, futurist, civil libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic.

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