September 9

Amber pages

William Bligh, Captain of the HMS Bounty, born today in 1754 - but he already has two pages in The World Hourglass, one the Norfolk Islands, the other the Pitcairn Islands, neither of which can make any other significant claim to the world's interest than their minor connection to his tale

Leo Tolstoy, Russian author, born today in 1828

The United Colonies renamed the United States, today in 1776

Mao Tse-Tung, or Mao Ze-Dong as we are now supposed to write his name, Chinese Communist Party Chairman, died today in 1976 - see my piece on this in "Travels In Familiar Lands"

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