At the Age of 39

atkins-bookshelf-triviaAt the age of 39…

James Joyce finishes writing the Ulysses, written in challenging stream-of-consciousness technique; the novel is considered by many literary critics as one of the most important works of modernist literature.

Leonard Bernstein writes the memorable score for the musical, West Side Story.

John Hancock, the President of Congress, put his, um John Hancock, on the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. His was the first and most flamboyant signature.

Virginia Johnson, and her colleague William Masters, publish the illuminating — and scintillating –report on human sexuality entitled Human Sexual Response.

Bing Crosby records the holiday song, “White Christmas” for the 1954 musical film of the same name. The song by legendary Irving Berling goes on to become the best-selling singles of all time, selling more than 50 million copies.

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger develops the wave theory of subatomic particles, known as the Schrodinger equation.

Portugeuese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, organizes the Spanish expedition to circumnavigate the Earth.

Dorothy Kunhardt, the daughter of a popular children’s author, launches her own successful career when she writes and illustrates Pat the Bunny, originally written for her youngest daughter, Edith. The book has sold more than 6 million copies.

Read related posts: Ten Interesting Facts about the Human Body
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For further reading: What’s in an Age: Who Did What When, From Age 1 to 100 by Andrew Postman, WIlliam Morrow (1999)

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